The Monroe Doctrine

The years following the War of 1812 became known as the Era of Good Feelings. James Monroe had become president in 1816. He presided over this period of history. The second war with England was over. America has stood up for itself again and won. The American people felt good about their victory. The Erie Canal and other canals were also being built. America was feeling good.

Towards the end of his time in office, Monroe issued a statement that became known as the Monroe Doctrine. In it, Monroe stated that:

Simply put, the Monroe Doctrine warned the rest of the world, especially Europe, that the United States and surrounding areas were to be left alone. It also said that the United States would leave other countries alone. The Monroe Doctrine showed that the United States now saw itself as a world power, and it would protect its interests in the Western Hemisphere.