Isolationism Intervention and Imperialism

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Isolationism, Intervention and Imperialism The United States annexes Hawaii in 1900. The first Americans to ever see Hawaii were missionaries and whalers and Americans eventually began to settle in Hawaii to start their own sugar cane plantations. Hawaii’s economy was booming, with sugar being their main export. Soon enough, these settlers began to control both the economy and government of Hawaii. With a steady relationship, Hawaii and the United States agreed to grant the United States favored-nation status in 1875. In 1887, Hawaii cautiously let the U.S. build a naval base at Pearl Harbor in return for the renewal of their favored-nation status. Ultimately however, this agreement came to an end in 1890 with the introduction of the McKinley Tariff on sugar which was passed by Congress mainly due to pressure from U.S. sugar growers. Having to compete with sugar growers in America and Cuba, Hawaii was confronted with an economic depression. Planters in Hawaii were understandably very displeased with this turn of events, so they plotted to make Hawaii an official territory of the United States. With tensions rising between American-Hawaiians and the government of Hawaii, the sugar growers continued to push for Hawaii to be annexed by the U.S. Finally in 1900 Hawaii became an official U.S. territory. I think the annexation of Hawaii is a clear-cut example of American Imperialism at both its finest and worst. All the facts point straight towards imperialism, such as building a naval base on Pearl Harbor and granting favored-nation status to control the economy of Hawaii. The United States wanted control of Hawaii because of its strategic location in the Pacific and Hawaii is in fact very militarized for this reason. Another reason why the U.S. wanted to annex Hawaii is because of the economic benefits of having more land to grow various crops on, most notably
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