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The Roosevelt Corollary was a reinforcment, or edition, to the Monroe Doctrine. According to Meade on page 132, the Roosevelt Corollary was "the most conspicuous sign of the US 'coming of age' as an emerging power on the wold stage...proclaiming US hegemony in the Americas." The Roosevelt Corollary was a policy that furthered the protection of Latin America. "Roosevelt asserted that European nations should not intervene in countries to the south of the US, however under certain conditions, United States intervention might be justified." (http://www.theodoreroosevelt.org) Before Roosevelt passed the Corollary, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic had faced problems with repaying debts that they had aqquired by taking loans from European countires. Rossevelt felt that it was necessary to designate the US as a force that could act as the body guard for Latin aAmerica. So because Roosevelt foresaw a potential conflict between the countires of Latin America and Europe becuase of economic issues, he passed the Corollary. "The corollary announced that the United States would serve as the "policeman" of the Western Hemisphere, a policy which eventually created much resentment in Latin America." (http://millercenter.org) The Roosevelt Corollary gave the right of the United States to intervent and control (if need) the affairs in the small states in the Caribbean. Roosevelt declared this to Congress 1904:

" All that this country desires is to see the neighboring countries stable, orderly, and prosperous. Any country whose people conduct themselves well can count upon our hearty friendship. If a nation shows that it knows how to act with reasonable efficiency and decency in social and political matters, if it keeps order and pays its obligations, it need fear no interference from the United States. Chronic wrongdoing, or an impotence which results in a general loosening of the ties of civilized society, may in America, as elsewhere, ultimately require intervention by some civilized nation, and in the Western Hemisphere the adherence of the United States to the Monroe Doctrine may force the United States, however reluctantly, in flagrant cases of such wrongdoing or impotence, to the exercise of an international police power." (Roosevelt)

http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Monroe_Doctrine#The_Roosevelt_Corollary

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