kamehameha the third Essay examples

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Kauikeaouli was born on August 11, 1813 on the Big Island of Hawaii. He became king at age 11 when his older brother Liholiho died, who ruled as Kamehameha II. For 14 years of his reign Kauikeaouli was guided by Kaahumanu and Kinau. At age 25, he took on the responsibilities of kingship by himself as Kamehameha III. (The Reign of Kamehameha III Website) Kauikeaouli’s reign of thirty years was filled with change and accomplishment. Kamehameha III’s reign would be a desirable time to live in because of the small population, religious freedom, and the equality for all Hawaiians.
     One of the biggest changes was the decrease in population of the native Hawaiians. When Kauikeaouli became king in June 1825, the
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The small pox epidemic lasted for six months, and ended in the month of October. Ten thousand of the Hawaiian population are said to have died of the small pox disease. (Kamakau)
     The religious situation in Hawaii had changed as well. In 1839, Kamehameha III guaranteed religious freedom to the people of Hawaii. (The World of Royalty Website) Protestantism was no longer a state religion and it was also no longer strictly an American religion. Catholics and Mormons had finally established churches, and the
Hawaiian churches came into its own form. The Hawaiian church had broken away from the American ministry and customs, and formed its own Native ministry. (Mrantz) Along with guaranteeing religious freedom, King Kamehameha III was responsible for transforming the kingdom into a modern constitutional monarchy. For the first time in their history, Hawaii’s people were represented in their own government. Their constitution allowed them a House of Representatives and the right to elect their representatives. With all these changes, France, Great Britain and the United States had finally recognized Hawaii as an independent nation. (The World of Royalty Website)
     Kamehameha III made all men free and equal. There were no more slaves and no Hawaiian was born into a life of slavery. There were no more marks on the forehead to distinguish between free eaters or despised

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