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Closing lines of James Monroe’s Speech a. k. a. The Monroe Doctrine


…Our policy in regard to Europe, which was adopted at an early stage of the wars which have so long agitated that quarter of the globe, nevertheless remains the same, which is, not to interfere in the internal concerns of any of its powers; to consider the government de facto as the legitimate government for us; to cultivate friendly relations with it, and to preserve those relations by a frank, firm, and manly policy, meeting in all instances the just claims of every power, submitting to injuries from none.  But in regard to those continents circumstances are eminently and conspicuously different.  It is impossible that the allied powers should extend their political system to any portion of either continent without endangering our peace and happiness; nor can anyone believe that our southern brethren, if [left] to themselves, would adopt it of their own accord. It equally impossible, therefore, that we should behold such interposition in any form with indifference.  If we look to the comparative strength and resources of Spain and those new Governments, and their distance from each other, it must be obvious that she can never subdue them.  It is still the true policy of the United States to leave the parties to themselves, in the hope that other powers will pursue the same course.    

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James Monroe, 5th President of the USA, gave this date 12/2/1823 the above speech to “Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives.”  

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