Kingdom of Hawaii–United States relations

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Kingdom of Hawaii–United States relations refers to the historical relationship between the independent Kingdom of Hawaii and the United States. Relations included several treaties and exchanges of trade and diplomatic representatives from 1820 to 1893.

History[edit]

While American missionaries and businessmen had settled as residents in the Kingdom of Hawaii since 1820, relations with the United States developed slowly, beginning in 1826, when the first treaty between the two countries was signed by Captain Thomas ap Catesby Jones and Kuhina Nui Kaʻahumanu.

However, recognition by the United States of Hawaii's government was withheld following the 1843 Paulet Affair, after which the United Kingdom and France announced their recognition of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It was finally granted in 1849, when the United States and the Kingdom signed a treaty which established relations between the two countries.

The first United States Minister to Hawaii (diplomatic rank roughly equivalent to a modern Ambassador) was David L. Gregg, who became minister to Hawaii in 1853.[1] A commercial agent (called Consul starting in 1844) had served in the islands since 1820.[2]

Further treaties were signed between the United States and Hawaii, including the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875. Relations between the two countries were aggravated following the 1893 Overthrow of the Hawaiian Kingdom, in which then-Minister John L. Stevens had participated; he was accused of inappropriate conduct by the Blount Report, and was forced into retirement by the United States government that same year. After the Republic of Hawaii was proclaimed, a new minister, James Henderson Blount, was sent to the country to investigate the overthrow of the monarchy. After Blount issued his report, he was succeeded by Albert Sydney Willis, who convinced the deposed queen to grant an amnesty to the instigators of the coup, and then demanded that the Provisional Government turn power back to the monarchy. This was refused by Sanford B. Dole.

Diplomats from the kingdom to the US[edit]

Diplomatic representation in Washington, DC in the kingdom was through a series of ad hoc envoys, and a post roughly equivalent to the current diplomatic rank of Ambasador of full-time Minister to the United States.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rhoda E. A. Hackler (2008). "“Earnest Persuasion but Not Peremptory Demand:” United States Government Policy toward the Kingdom of Hawaiʻi, 1820–1863". Hawaiian Journal of History 42 (Hawaii Historical Society). pp. 49–67. hdl:10524/342. 
  2. ^ Richard A. Greer (1995). "A. G. Abell's Hawaiian Interlude". Hawaiian Journal of History 29 (Hawaii Historical Society). pp. 57–74. hdl:10524/441. 
  3. ^ "Richards, William office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  4. ^ Ralph Simpson Kuykendall (1965) [1938]. Hawaiian Kingdom 1778-1854, foundation and transformation 1. University of Hawaii Press. pp. 377–379. ISBN 0-87022-431-X. 
  5. ^ "Lee, William L. office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Allen, Elisha Hunt office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  7. ^ "Carter, Augustus Peirce office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 
  8. ^ "Mott-Smith, John office record". state archives digital collections. state of Hawaii. Retrieved June 5, 2010. 

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