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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War$
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Jon Thares Davidann

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832254

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832254.001.0001

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Hawaii at the Crossroads of the U.S. and Japan before the Pacific War

Jon Davidann

Paul F. Hooper

Eileen H. Tamura

University of Hawai'i Press

This introductory chapter discusses Hawai‘i as a Pacific crossroads. The country became an economic junction for the West and the East, beginning in the late eighteenth century and continuing into the next, as the Europeans and the Americans engaged in the fur trade and whaler reprovisioning with the Chinese. By the mid-nineteenth century when the Native Hawaiian population declined, Hawai‘i had turned into a strategic crossroad for nations seeking global power. For instance, American expatriates involved in the country's plantation economy exerted increasingly greater economic and political influence. They overthrew the Hawaiian monarchy when the U.S. government annexed the islands.

Keywords:   Hawai‘i, Pacific crossroads, global power, Hawaiian monarchy, U.S. government

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