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Sovereign SugarIndustry and Environment in Hawaii$
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Carol A. MacLennan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824839499

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824839499.001.0001

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Four Families

Four Families

(p.52) Three Four Families
Sovereign Sugar

Carol A. MacLennan

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter examines how the family—in particular the missionary family—had ushered Hawaiʻi's entry into the modern world economy. The ideas about the nature of property relations brought by New England missionaries to Hawaiian shores and adopted by the Hawaiian aliʻi represented the incorporation of a Western political economy in direct conflict with the indigenous Hawaiian notions that had governed production before contact. The particular characteristics of the missionary–settler community determined the evolution of property and production in the islands after 1850. Each of the first three generations played a role in establishing Hawaiian law, organizing plantation production and agencies to market sugar, and consolidating wealth into a corporate and vertically integrated insular system of economic control. Each of these three generations also played a central part in wresting control of Hawaiʻi's economic society from Hawaiian producers and their political elites, and finally, gaining political control over the islands.

Keywords:   missionary family, New England missionary, property relations, Western political economy, economic society, Hawaiian property

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