How The Monroe Doctrine Turned Into American Imperialism

Jacob Grandstaff
7 min readOct 28, 2022

When President James Monroe issued his Monroe Doctrine in 1823, he intended it to keep European colonial powers from dominating Latin America or interfering in its political affairs. President Theodore Roosevelt’s Corollary to the Doctrine, eight decades later, turned Monroe’s foreign policy legacy into a weapon of American colonialism — which still sours American relations with Latin America.

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