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The Struggle for the Hawaiian Islands During the late 19th century the United States became increasingly interested in acquiring land outside its continental states This process became known as imperialism and would later label the United States as one of the imperialistic countries of the world This is partly due to our countries efforts to obtain and annex the sovereign state of Hawaii There were several reasons for the United States to be interested in this monarchical country One was the establishment of strategic naval bases along its coasts another was the importance of trade third was of Hawaiian annexation causing it to become a foothold for further takings of the United States This would later make the US one of the leading imperialistic countries rivaling even Great Britain During the 1880s the average American opposed expansionism now in the late 1890s men and women felt it was a necessity mostly because politicians changed their minds This is not to say that all Americans felt expansion was necessary it is true that some opposed Hawaiis annexation But many people felt that the Anglo-Saxons of the world should dominate and convert these other primitive cultures making them more civilized in their eyes This was coupled with the feeling that the entire country had been discovered and it was time to look elsewhere for adventure and expansion I believe that this attitude was mainly brought on by the governments interest in expansionism and is shown in its acts of imperialism that flourished in the late 1890s when it forcefully took over the Hawaiian islands The treaty of 1884 between the United States and Hawaii was an extenuation of the reciprocity treaty of 1875 Julius Pratt author of Expansionists of 1898 had this to say about the reciprocity treaty That treaty admitting free of duty to each country the principal products of the other and pledging the Hawaiian Government not to alienate any
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