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Theodore Roosevelt’s Corollary
The Dominican Republic had ceased paying all
its debts to various nations. Theodore Roosevelt felt it
was necessary to entre the Republic and take control of
the situation. To do this, Roosevelt needed to
reformulate the Monroe Doctrine; his corollary allowed
American intervention in Latin America. The doctrine barred unwanted European powers
from entering and colonizing the Western Hemisphere, "...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
power.” Roosevelt justified his entrance into Latin America and cautioned foreign
invasion, “It is only when our rights are invaded or seriously menaced that we resent
injuries or make preparation for our defense. With the movements in this hemisphere we
are of necessity more immediately connected, and by causes which must be obvious to all
enlightened and impartial observers.”
This corollary put the United States on the world map. It created international
awareness of their rising power. It revealed the strength of the American Military who
occupied Latin America for over a decade and demonstrated their prominence in the
Western Hemisphere. Roosevelt’s Corollary is historic because it lead the United States
into a period of confrontation with the people of Latin America, which was a very
important part of American imperialism.
“We owe it, therefore, to candor and 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
disposition toward the United States.”
~Theodore Roosevelt - The Roosevelt Corollary
debts colonizing confrontation
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Monroe Doctrine
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