America In the Early 19th Century

Topic:
The Monroe Doctrine

An Outline of The Monroe Doctrine's Principles


Table of Contents
Overview
Vocabulary Terms and Identifications
Biographies of Key Historical Figures
Quiz

 

Overview
    Written by James Monore, the fisth president of the United States in 1823, the Monroe Doctrine was a statement of US policy opposing any European interference in the affairs of the newly independent Western Hemisphere.  The Monroe Doctrine had four main points (1) The countries of the Western Hemisphere were no longer to be regarded "as subjects for future colonization by any European powers."  (2) The political system of these countries was different from those of Europe.  (3) United States would consider any attempt by European countries "to extend their system" to the Western Hemisphere as a threat to its "peace and safety."  (4) The US had no intention of interfering in the affairs of European powers "in matters relating to themselves."  US Western Boundaries with Europe.  Oregon territory was shared by the US and Britain.  Under President Polk there was a dispute and they moved the border up to the 49th Parallel.
    The Monroe Doctrine was thought of as 2nd Declaration of Independence.  Cuba left Spain.  Canada left Britain.  Mexico goes independent in 1822.  Bolivia became independent.  Brazil left Portugal.
    The Monroe Doctrine had very little effect on the world for some time after it was issued, and Congress did not vote on it as they would a treaty.  It was viewed more as a response to Russian, Greek, and South American problems.
 


Vocabulary and Identifications

1)Monroe Doctrine- statement of the United States policy on the activities and rights of European powers in the Western Hemisphere.

2) Colonization- the act of establishing colonies. The Monroe Doctrine put an end to this practice in the Western Hemisphere.

3)Expansionists- People who believe in expanding.

4) John Quincy Adams- a Secretary of State who convinced President Monroe that the US should develop its own policy which would safeguard US interests independent of Britain.

5)Imperialism- the policy of taking control of governments and resources of other countries in order to build an empire.



 

Biographies of Important People
James Monroe

Monroe was the 5th President of the United States from 1817 to 1825.  He sent a message to Congress during the 7th annual speech to Congress which came to be called the Monroe Doctrine. He was concerned that the European powers would attempt to take over the newly independent nations of the western hemisphere, so he warned them to end their policy of colonization.


 

Quiz
 

___1. The policy of taking control of government and resources of other countries in order to build an empire.

___2. People who believe in expanding the power and influence of the nation.

___3. Statement of the United States policy on the activities and rights of the European powers in the Western hemisphere.

___4. The act of establishing colonies.

___5. A secretary of state who convinced President Monroe that the US should develop its own policy which would safeguard US interests independent of Britain.

 

A) John Quincy Adams

B) Colonialization

C) Expansionists

D) Monroe Doctrine

E) Imperialism

 


 

6) What year, month, and day was the Monroe Doctrine issued?
A. December 2, 1823
B. December 6, 1987
C. January 4, 1898

7) The Oregon territory was shared by what two countries?
A. Canada and US
B.  Britain and US
C. Spain and Britain

8) What document was thought of as the 2nd Declaration of Independence?
A. Constitution
B. Monroe Doctrine
C. Missouri Compromise

9) What was one main point in the Monroe Doctrine?
A. Britain should stop picking on the United States
B. US didn't want to have any relations with Britain at all
C. Britain needs to stay out of USí way

10) What form of government do the Western Nations have?
A. Federal
B. Monarchy
C. Democracy
 

Answers:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Answers:
 

1) E
2) D
3) B
4) C
5) A
6) A
7) B
8) B
9) C
10) C
 
 
 

This page is part of a web project developed by Mr. Cassutto's 7th grade US History class at Sterling Middle School

Student authors:

Lauen K.
Allyson P.
 
 
 
 

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