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1897 Petition Against the Annexation of Hawaii

recounts the struggle for control of Hawaii between native Hawaiians and American business interests in the late 1800s. This 1897 petition and a lobbying effort by native Hawaiians convinced the U.S. Congress not to annex the islands. But months later the U.S.S. Maine exploded in Havana and the Spanish-American War began. The U.S. needed a mid-Pacific fueling station and naval base. (National Archives and Records Administration)

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In 1893 the last monarch of Hawaii, Queen Lili'uokalani, was overthrown by a party of businessmen, who then imposed a provisional government. Soon after, President Benjamin Harrison submitted a treaty to annex the Hawaiian islands to the U.S. Senate for ratification.
Page 6 of Men's Petition Against Annexation of Hawaii, September 11, 1897

The 1897 petition

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