Why was Hawaii important to the U.S. and how was it annexed by the U.S. ? Important for commercial/economic reasons – sugar plantations, refueling station at Pearl Harbor, on the trade routes to Asia. Military base in the same harbor also. Caused the U.S to increase its Navy to compete.
The United States wanted to use Hawaii as a platform from which they could have a dominant Military presence in the Pacific. It was whaling, sugar and pineapples that first brought Pearl Harbor to America’s attention. U.S. business interests and naval strategists had long coveted the island kingdom.
1 Answer. United States acquisition of Hawaii enabled the American Navy to access Hawaii’s naval base, Pearl Harbor. Acquisition of Alaska enabled the United States to expand, find valuable resources and become more of a world power.
ALASKA was a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000. It was made a state in 1959. Hawaii was a kingdom until 1893 and became a republic in 1894. It then ceded itself to the USA in 1898 and became a state in 1959.
Some of the positive impacts were that Hawaii gained many resources, the humanity in Hawaii was expanded as well and it gave Hawaii more of an opportunity to be a apart of a democracy and find a way to live new lifestyles. Becoming a state gave Hawaii the chance to explore new ideas and to explore a new environment.
America’s annexation of Hawaii in 1898 extended U.S. territory into the Pacific and highlighted resulted from economic integration and the rise of the United States as a Pacific power. During the 1830s, Britain and France forced Hawaii to accept treaties giving them economic privileges.
In 1898, the Spanish-American War broke out, and the strategic use of the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the war convinced Congress to approve formal annexation. Two years later, Hawaii was organized into a formal U.S. territory and in 1959 entered the United States as the 50th state.
Because most of the wealthy sugar plantains and industry were white American Businessmen they decided to push for the Annexation of Hawaii . They knew if Hawaii was part of the US then their businesses and goods would not be taxed on their goods.
On Jan. 17, 1893, Hawaii’s monarchy was overthrown when a group of businessmen and sugar planters forced Queen Liliuokalani to abdicate. The coup led to the dissolving of the Kingdom of Hawaii two years later, its annexation as a U.S. territory and eventual admission as the 50th state in the union.
Queen Liliuokalani attempted to restore royal powers in 1893 but was placed under house arrest by businessmen with help from the US military. Against the Queen’s wishes, the Republic of Hawaii was formed for a short time. This government agreed on behalf of Hawaii to join the US in 1898 as the Territory of Hawaii.
Hawaii —a U.S. territory since 1898—became the 50th state in August, 1959, following a referendum in Hawaii in which more than 93% of the voters approved the proposition that the territory should be admitted as a state . There were many Hawaiian petitions for statehood during the first half of the 20th century.
It is FALSE. The state of Hawaii is about 2400 mi. (4000 km) from California and about 4000 mi.
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