This Land Is My Land, Not Yours

Battle of Annexation: Hawaii Kingdom vs. United States

Introduction

Ever since the Kapu System was abolished and Captain Cook arrived in the Hawaiian Islands on January 18, 1778, western influenced affected the Native Hawaiians. In 1820, missionaries came to Hawaii to convert the Natives to Christianity as they wanted to ‘civilize’ the Hawaiians. Through the years, foreigners began to overpower the Natives with the Great Mahele being in affect and sugar plantations boosting the economy. In the late 1800s, Americans began to create ways to make Hawaii be part of the United States by making Hawaii overthrowing the Hawaiian Monarchy and annex the country.

Thesis

On January 17, 1893, The Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown by the United States and annexed in 1898 with President Grover Cleveland, President William McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens as the key roles who made this happen.

Historical Significance

The Hawaiian Kingdom was overthrown by the United States in 1893 and annexed in 1898 with President Grover Cleveland, President William McKinley, and Minister John L. Stevens as the key roles who made this happen. This topic is highly important to the Hawaiian History because it ended the Hawaiian Monarchy. There are no kings and queens ruling Hawaii anymore after the events in the late 1800s. It expanded the United States territory and the growth of America's Imperialism. It also strengthens the US Naval base by putting US ships into Pearl Harbor. The consequences of these events were that the Hawaiian population became to decline as westerners arrived in Hawaii. The Hawaiian ethnicity is a dying breed with less than 5,000 Native Hawaiians left. This is long term significance because it changed the way the Native Hawaiians lived and disappearance of the Kingdom of Hawaii. To this day, even after Hawaii became a state in 1959, many continue to argue about the overthrow and annexation, supporting the side of the United State should not have done these actions to Hawaii.

Is Hawaii Legally and Lawfully A State of the Union?

Hawaii is not legally and lawfully a state of the union because the action was illegal. The United States took Hawaii and forced the ali'i to surrender their country only to expanded the United States. The annexation was not formal because there is no treaty whatsoever. Instead the Senates and House of Representative in the United States voted on whether or not Hawaii was to be annexed. America made Hawaii a part of their country without permission from the Native Hawaiians and the monarchy, shattering the hearts of many Hawaiians.

Supplemental Information

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