Aloha ‘Oe

Saying good bye to Hawaii’s Independence and Sovereignty

Thesis

The annexation of Hawaii in 1898 was caused by the conflict between Spain and America in countries like the Philippines. With Hawaii being an ideal strategic location in the middle of the Pacific ocean, the islands were annexed by the urgent request of President William McKinley. Him along with President Grover Cleveland and Minister John L. Stevens all played very important roles during this time, changing Hawaii’s way of life forever

Historical Significance

The annexation of Hawaii in 1898 was caused by the conflict between Spain and America in countries like the Philippines. With Hawaii being an ideal strategic location in the middle of the Pacific ocean, the islands were annexed by the urgent request of President William McKinley. Him along with President Grover Cleveland and Minister John L. Stevens all played very important roles during this time, changing Hawaii’s way of life forever. This topic is important i history because it shows just how far a country will go to fulfill their own personal needs.The United States of America, the land of the free and home of the brave, sworn to protect other nations from the bullying empires, subsequently took a whole race’s culture, religion and way of life, just so they can have a strategic piece of land in the middle of the ocean. This goes to show that maybe the “good guys” aren’t so good after all. What I want the reader to take away from my project is that the Hawaiian Islands were forcefully annexed into being a part of the United States. They were conned, cheated on and ruthlessly tricked into thinking they were doing this for the good of their people. Once they figured out what was going on, it was already too late.

Is Hawai'i legally and lawfully a state of the Union?

My answer would be no, Hawai'i is not legally and/or lawfully a state of the union. They were forced to become one even when they didn't want to be. They tricked the monarchs into giving up their land, their power, and their freedom. But even after all they've been through, the Hawaiian people still prevailed.

ADDITIONAL STUFFS

The picture to the far left is a picture of the Hawaiian flag, in the middle, Iolani Palace, and to the far right, a statue of Kamehameha I.

Cites

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"The 1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii." National Archives and Records Administration. National Archives and Records Administration, n.d. Web. 02 Mar. 2015.