This Day in History

July 8, 1898: Hawai’i Annexation

Time Periods: Industrial Revolution: 1877 - 1899
Themes: Imperialism, Pacific Islander, US Foreign Policy

On July 8, 1898 the final signature was attached to the Newlands Resolution annexing Hawai’i to the United States. This despite the fact that the opposition was made clear in the “Petitions Against Annexation” signed by more than half the Hawaiian population.


The 1897 Petition Against The Annexation of Hawaii. Source: National Archives.

Who was in favor of annexation? Just look at who was named Governor of the newly annexed islands by President McKinley: Sanford B. Dole.

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