Modernizing the Monroe Doctrine

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CHAPTER XIV
A STRENGTHENING OF THE LATIN-AMERICAN MAP

IN this book we have spoken not only of the changing relations of the great Southern continent to us and to the rest of the world, but also there have been ventured some new suggestions made in the hope of realizing from the betterments already achieved by Pan- Americanism, even greater benefits in the future for the hemisphere which to Pan-Americans means home -- home with its responsibilities as well as its delights. It is clear that the fixed policy of the United States is forever to refrain from taking any territory from any of our fellow republics. No such changes in the map are in prospect, nor should they ever be possible. But is it not probable that certain changes will take place in that portion of the map belonging to Latin America, not changes born of aggression, but those making for the real strengthening of existing governments by combinations thereof? Why should we not seek to draw aside the curtain beyond which lies the future? Perhaps it might be we ourselves who, by some act of national altruism, could initiate such a tendency to combine as would make of such unions greater strength for our neighbors -- our friends.

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