Expression by President James Monroe
setting forth the policy of the United States
with regard to other countires meddling in the western hemisphere. Delivered in the form of a message to the governments of Russia
, Great Britain
, and Portugal
. The following are the effective words that constitute the Monroe Doctrine.
" The government of the United Sates has been desirous, by this friendly proceeding, of manifesting the great value which they have invariably attached to the friendship of the emperor and their solicitude to cultivate the best understanding with his government."
"In the discussions to which this interest has given rise and in the arrangments by which they may terminate, 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 maintained, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects of future colonization by any European power."
"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.