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Imperialism- Hawaii by Kerri Smalec

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Kerri Smalec Hawaii The indigenous people of Hawaii were the Polynesians (also called Kanaka Maoli). The British imperialized Hawaii, but it did not become and official colony until the United States annexed it in 1898. (6) Causes for Imperialism in Hawaii Causes Conditions The imperialists sent missionaries to Hawaii to "civilize" them. The Hawaiians were seen as barbaric. They reinforced western culture by bringing language and education. Hawaiians welcomed some aspects of western culture and were against others, especially annexation. (4, 7, and 9) The Hawaiian prince, Kamehameha, thought that Western ways could bring the warring states under a unified control. Westerners also brought disease, wiping out part of Hawaii's population. There was limited racism and enslavement in Hawaii. (7 and 8) The west provided schools to Hawaii and taught them a written language. (7, 10, and 11) Hawaiian language was banned in 1898 when Hawaii was annexed, but restored in 1978. Because of the decline in population, workers were imported from Asia. Missionaries insisted on women being more conservative. (3 and 7) By 1831, the school system served 50,00 students. Westerners brought diseases. By 1850, 80,000 remained compared to a previous population of about half a million. (7) Sources 1. Cruze, Brian. "The Causes and Effects of American Imperialism." 1999-2013. <http://www.ehow.com/info_8764937_cause-effects-american-imperialism.html>.
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The United States wanted to annex Hawaii because of its abundant natural resources and arable lands. They set up ports to export goods. (1) Effects Hawaiian government was a monarchy. Queen Lili'ukalani was the last monarch in 1892. The government was replaced with a provisional one. President Benjamin Harrison submitted a treaty for Hawaii to be annexed, but it was denied in 1897. Hawaiians were not happy about this and resulted in an armed revolt in 1895. Lili'ukalani was thrown into jail during the revolt. Even though many Hawaiians and some Americans were against annexation, Hawaii became an official territory of the U.S. in 1898. (4) Hawaii was valuable for its fertile soil. The main crop became sugar and it's one of the only U.S. states that produces coffee. Whaling also helped shape the economy and form seaport towns. (5 and 7) Summary I think Hawaii mostly benefited from imperialism. Sugar and other crops helped the economy. Western culture also gave Hawaiians written language. Annexation eventually led to Hawaii becoming a part of the U.S. There was little racism and enslavement. The only downfall to the imperialism of Hawaii was the decline in the population due to disease and other things brought by westerners.
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