To make an island of; to separate; to sever; to cut off or away; [1600s - 1800s].--Edward Lloyd's Encyclopædic Dictionary, 1895
Monroe Doctrine Introduced
On this date in 1823, President James Monroe, in a benchmark message to Congress, announced that "the American continents ... are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. ... In the wars of the European powers, in matters relating to themselves, we have never taken part, nor does it comport with our policies to do so." That same year, Thomas Jefferson, echoing Washington's sentiments in his Farewell Address of 1796, had written to Monroe: "It is our policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world. I have ever deemed it fundamental for the United States never to take part in the quarrels of Europe. Their political interests are entirely distinct from ours. ... They are nations of eternal war."
Or as I like to say it, "Isolationism is not only a practical policy, it is the only practical policy." I just wish we still practiced it. -.- But who am I kidding? People aren't capable of leaving their neighbors to live in peace, why should I expect 'em to not want to mess with the other side of the world?