Nicholas DiPreta Gish Monroe Doctrine Assignment George Washington, upon leaving office, issued a farewell address that set several precedents and offered advice to the nation; advice that lives on to this day. Washington told of the importance of not creating alliances with foreign nations, of maintaining a sense of isolationism and separateness from all others. The presidents that followed Washington (until Monroe), had established strong trading bonds with other nations, especially in mainland Europe. The trading relationships upheld with European nations generated conflict, especially when American ships tried to sail to France and were sunk or taken control of by British ships. Several presidents gave preference to countries such as France or Britain, again against the precedents set by Washington. The Monroe doctrine formally set the US foreign policy, permanently making us the "big brother" in Latin America. The Monroe Doctrine was issued at the moment when the European countries were looking to carve South America up amongst themselves. The Monroe Doctrine stated that, the United States would not interfere with Europe, its wars or its affairs, and that we expected the reciprocal. The Monroe doctrine established the United States as neutral and peace-seeking, and offered its hand to every foreign nation simultaneously. This coincided perfectly with Washington’s point of view.