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How did the US acquire the Hawaiian Islands?

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December 03, 2009 7:07PM

Stevens and American-Hawaiian businessmen Stanford Dole of Dole

Pineapple, and Lorrin Thurston met to hatch "an audacious plot to

overthrow Hawaii's Queen and bring her country into the United

States, Queen Lili'uokalani's was held captive by the US marines

and eventually had to give in to the US demands and the demands of

Mr. Dole who had a big influence on the economy at the time, and

thus Hawaii became a US territory.

One would lead you to believe that Hawaii became a state of the

United States by virtue of the people there petitioning to join.

The Islands were overthrown by threatening of force and political


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