The Greatest 20 Presidents in American History

James Monroe

President Monroe finds himself in the number 16 spot of top U.S. Presidents because of his strong foreign policies: particularly what became known as the Monroe Doctrine. This set of policies basically expressed to European powers that any further attempts to colonize lands in North or South America would be viewed as acts of aggression and would require U.S. intervention. This landmark policy represented a major shift, and was more or less the first time the United States flexed its muscle on a global basis.

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