December 2 - 1823 - The Monroe Doctrine is Announced
James Monroe took his Seventh Annual Address to Congress to send a message to the great powers of the world. He asserted that the United States of America would not allow interference by European powers into newly emergent independent nations in the Americas. This statement would become known as the Monroe Doctrine. Largely crafted by Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, The Monroe Doctrine would become foundational for American foreign policy almost immediately. Yet it also had no teeth when it was announced as the American military had no ability to enforce the claim. The real significance of the Monroe Doctrine was actually rhetorical. By proclaiming America as being on an equal footing with the great powers, Monroe boosted America's place in the world and its role as a leading democracy.