Annexation of Hawaii

Annexation of Hawaii

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  • The Hawaiian islands are a series of eight islands in the Pacific Ocean, about 2,400 miles off the coast that contain an abundance of lush rainforests as well as many unique goods that cannot be found on the mainland. It also happens to exist in a very militarily strategic location and is now considered an advantage to the U.S. military.
  • During the Early 1890's, the American government began its overthrow of the Queen of Hawaii's government, imprisoned her, and seized over 1.75 million acres of land that would become United States property.
  • In 1896, with extreme fear caused by the Spanish - American war, citizens of the United States began a push for the Annexation of Hawaii by the U.S. and political leaders were influenced by that, as well as the fear that Hawaii might become annexed to Japan instead.
  • This event was extremely prominent in its time period due to the advantage that this land provided for the U.S.which allowed to U.S. to be known as a Pacific Power, as well as the economic opportunities it provided between the mainland and Asia.
  • President Harrisons effective annexation of the islands of Hawaii reveals the political power and influence of the United States, its government, and the economic intelligence that was incorporated into this strategic affair.
  • Consequently, this event would prove to be extremely economically beneficial to the U.S. due to food production on the islands that paired well with cheap labor by natives and Japanese inhabitants, as well as easy access to trade between the East and Asia. Politically, there were well known benefits such as the existence of a U.S. owned Naval Base in the Pacific.
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