Monroe Doctrine 1823
President James Monroe presented the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. This document stated that foreign nations were not permitted to colonize in the United States. This would become a pivotal moment in U.S. foreign policy. The document presented the United States as a force to be reckoned with and would not hesitate going to war with any nation that did not respect the demands of the United States. Since the United States closed off the western hemisphere from all other nations they would not have to worry about other nations trying to colonize (James) and could instead focus on manifest destiny and continue expanding the nation to the Pacific Ocean.
The Monroe Doctrine showed how the United States was becoming one of the elite nations in the world. It let other nations know the mind-set of the country. Also, the Monroe Doctrine showed how manifest destiny was growing in the country.