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Captive paradise : a history of Hawaiʻi

Author: James L Haley
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Press, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific. The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: James L Haley
ISBN: 9780312600655 0312600658 9781250070395 1250070392
OCLC Number: 886879619
Description: xxxvii, 405 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The loneliness of a God --
"Disobey, and die" --
The suicide of Kapu --
Abhorring a vacuum --
The new morality --
Becoming little Americans --
A sweet taste --
Captains and cannons --
A nation among nations --
The Great Mahele --
The Anglican attraction --
Useful marriages --
Mountains of sugar --
Taffy triumphant --
A voice like distant thunder --
Queen at last --
The coup --
The inscrutable Mr. Blount --
Countercoup and annexation --
Angry Luaus.
Responsibility: James L. Haley.

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The most recent state to join the union, Hawaii is the only one to have once been a royal kingdom. After its "discovery" by Captain Cook in the late 18th Century, Hawaii was fought over by European powers determined to take advantage of its position as the crossroads of the Pacific. The arrival of the first missionaries marked the beginning of the struggle between a native culture with its ancient gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the rigid values of the Calvinists. While Hawaii's royal rulers adopted Christianity, they also fought to preserve their ancient ways. But the success of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their fate and in 1893, the American Marines overthrew Lili'uokalani, the last queen of Hawaii. James L. Haley's Captive Paradise is the story of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands through terror and bloodshed, but whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels, who outmaneuvered his competitors; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was determined that Hawaii be ruled by whites; and of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands.

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