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Why was Hawaii important in U.S. expansionism?

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angelicaorteg... | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM via web

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Why was Hawaii important in U.S. expansionism?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 15, 2012 at 3:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Hawaii was important to US expansionism first because it was the country’s first major overseas acquisition and second because it helped the US with both of its main reasons for expanding.

Military power and economic gain were the two most important reasons for expansion.  Hawaii gave America both of these things.  The Hawaiian sugar plantations were a great source of wealth and of sugar, which is one reason why sugar magnates were behind the overthrow of Queen Lili’uokalani.  When the US took Hawaii, the Navy got a large and important base at Pearl Harbor.  This helped the US to project its power across the Pacific.

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