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What reasons were used by Monroe to justify this foreign policy pronouncement, and how do they relate to arguments made during the revolutionary and early republic periods?

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President Monroe justified his foreign policy pronouncement in 1823 by arguing that the young American nation would not tolerate foreign interference in our hemisphere, and that any possible encroachment by a European power would be considered as endangering our peace and happiness. The country, although only about 50 years old at that point, had already developed an independent culture and identity of its own that was different from European cultures, and the nation wanted to maintain its self-rule. Essentially, what he was saying was that the New World and the Old World were different, and the Old World should not interfere with the New World.

Monroe indicated that the US would consider any interference as a potentially hostile act. To understand the rationale for the Monroe Doctrine, it is important to remember the historical backdrop in the early 1820s: many Latin American countries recently had won independence from Spain or Portugal, leaving many in the US to question what the...

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