How Hawaii was annexed by the USA


Ad Honoris
May 2014
You were not doing too badly as a British colony, part of the largest & wealthiest empire, protected under the most powerful navy on earth. Was American independence that necessary?
Well, if we would have remained a British colony, we probably wouldn't have acquired Texas and California, now would we?
Jul 2009
Japan had expansionist intentions even before the Russo-Japanese War and the later annexation of Korea. The Sino-Japanese War (1894-95) resulted in calls for a modern navy among Japanese elites, and the contemporary Zeitgeist lent itself to annexation of territory that had strategic value. The large Japanese immigrant population in Hawaii was an excuse to desire such an action.

With substantial Pacific trade interests and the need to protect them, the US was not about to see someone else in Hawaii where foreign naval forces could be based and supported. That would be a direct threat to lines of communication and trade with Asia.

Probably the best study of Japanese-American rivalry in the Pacific has a revealing title:

Edward S. Miller, War Plan Orange: The U.S. Strategy to Defeat Japan, 1897-1945.

The date of 1897 has more importance than dates in historical titles often have.
Jun 2017
Isn’t Hawaii usually consider a part of Oceania? Never saw it as an Asian state.
I was referring to demographics. The plurality and formerly a majority of the population is Asian(per wikipedia) which is unique in the US where in general the Asian population is quite small. About 10% of the population are native Hawaiians although that number(and the Asian number) is probably deflated because it counts mixed people as their own category which has about a quarter of the population.

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