Background Information: In 1823, President James Monroe gave a speech to Congress that established the foundation for U.S. foreign policy.
The occasion has been judged proper for asserting, as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved, that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers....
The political system of the allied powers is essentially different… from that of America. We owe it, therefore, to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers, to declare, that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere, as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered, and shall not interfere. But with the governments who have declared their independence, and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration, and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling, in any other manner, their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly dispositiontowards the United States.
…It is still the true policy of the United States to leave the parties to themselves, in the hope that other powers will pursue the same course.
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