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Imperialism: Annexation of Hawaii


    Throughout the late 19th century and the early 20th century the United States of America was rapidly growing towards the the idea of imperialism.  During this time period the United States had taken interest in Puerto Rico, Cuba, and part of China.
  When Hawaii was discovered in 1778 by Captain James Cook and his voyage, it would not be unscathed by the policy of imperialism.  Initially a large group in senate failed to ratify the annexation of Hawaiian Islands but later when William Mckinley takes Presidential office, the tides began to change on the opinion of annexation.
    When Grover Cleveland takes office the prospect of Hawaii becoming annexed is closer than ever. The United States had an agreement with the Queen of Hawaii to have American citizens settle peacefully in the country of Hawaii. Though soon the American Citizens would be armed and unhappy with their current settlement.  The United States lacked in a navy bases in the Pacific and it was to be determined that the Hawaiian Islands were to be a perfect location for the United States new navy base.  Not only would the navy base help protect the United States but it would further their expedition in imperialism. 

    Soon with force the United States government would annex the Hawaiian Islands with making the Hawaiian Queen surrender the islands or her death.  While the Queen greatly objected in the annexation of Hawaii, believing that the islands were to be ruled by the natives, she had no choice as imperialism had reached Hawaii.  There forth Hawaii would be ruled by the United States, becoming the 50th state of the nation.  The Natives of Hawaii losing their culture and land as American citizens took over Hawaii.

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