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“…With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of any unfriendly disposition toward the United States…”
President James Monroe proclaimed the Monroe Doctrine in 1823. What is the main point of the doctrine, as shown in this excerpt?
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The main point of the doctrine was to limit European influence in the Western Hemisphere.
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a. The United States pledged to avoid all involvement in European affairs in return for favorable European trade.
b. The United States, along with France’s military and economic help, has determined to conquer and rule the new independent nations of the Western Hemisphere.
c. Only the United States, Canada, and Mexico should have influence in the Western Hemisphere.
d. European oppression upon the newly independent nations of the Western Hemisphere will be treated as oppression upon the United States itself.