Hawaii 's Annexation Led Cultural Differences Between The American Government And The Hawaiian Tribes

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Hawaii’s annexation prompted significant ethical differences between the points of view between the American government and the Hawaiian natives.

The American Pageant is an Advanced Placement United States History Textbook written by American authors and professors, and is thus biased towards the American government and is thus more likely to portray the annexation of Hawaii in a good light.

In 1820, New England settlers landed on Hawaii and began their mission: spreading Protestant Christianity across the eight tropical islands. Through time, culture assimilation, and interaction with the indigenous peoples, Americans eventually regarded Hawaii as a part of America itself. They took the liberty of using the Hawaiian islands as a commerce hotspot and a war buffer, as demonstrated by the Spanish-American War, where America used Hawaii as a bridge in its battles with the Philippines. American warned other countries to keep their hands off of Hawaii, for they considered it already their own. With the approvals of the 1875 commercially-reproving treaty and the 1887 treaty with Hawaii’s own native government, thus guaranteeing the Americans jackpot: Pearl Harbor naval base rights. The textbook portrays the annexation of Hawaii in a positive light, stating that America had saved Hawaii from its numerous economic pitfalls and had thus mutually benefitted both countries. The McKinley tariff of 1890 was the fist around Hawaii’s throat, for it barred the sale of Hawaiian

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