Question by  ferreral (25)

How did James K Polk apply the Monroe doctrine?


Answer by  tamarawilhite (17883)

The Monroe Doctrine said the Western Hemisphere was not to be subject to European colonization. Polk amended and extended it, stating that the United States was to be a new Superpower and expand into the Western Hemisphere.


Answer by  KMcRae (714)

President Polk didn't so much apply as reshape the meaning of the Monroe Doctrine. Polk interpreted the Doctrine to mean that Europeans better not interfere with US projected expansion. This was used to justify US claims to Texas, California and Oregon.

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