Hawaii's Last Queen, the Sugar Kings and America's First Imperial Adventure
Atlantic Monthly Press
On Sale: January 3, 2012
Hardcover / e-Book
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Around 200 A.D., intrepid Polynesians arrived at an
undisturbed archipelago. For centuries, their descendants
lived with little contact from the western world. In 1778,
their isolation was shattered with the arrival of Captain Cook.
Deftly weaving together a memorable cast of characters, Lost
Hawaii brings to life the ensuing clash between a vulnerable
Polynesian people and relentlessly expanding capitalist
powers. Portraits of royalty and rogues, sugar barons, and
missionaries combine into a sweeping tale of the Hawaiian
Kingdom’s rise and fall.
At the center of the story is Lili‘uokalani, the last queen
of Hawai‘i. Born in 1838, she lived through the nearly
complete economic transformation of the islands. Lucrative
sugar plantations gradually subsumed the majority of the
land, owned almost exclusively by white planters, dubbed the
“Sugar Kings.” Hawai‘i became a prize in the contest between
America, Britain, and France, each seeking to expand their
military and commercial influence in the Pacific.
The monarchy had become a figurehead, victim to manipulation
from the wealthy sugar plantation owners. Lili‘uokalani was
determined to enact a constitution to reinstate the
monarchy’s power but was outmaneuvered by the U.S. The
annexation of Hawai‘i had begun, ushering in a new century
of American imperialism.
1 comment posted.
Re: Lost Kingdom
I'm certainly hoping that I can find this book. I've read articles on the deposing of Hawaiian royalty and the annexation of their territories, but never in a cohesive fashion. It is sad that we Europeans--mostly for unethical reasons--decided to conquer every corner of the globe.
(Sigrun Schulz 11:27pm December 2, 2011)
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