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Territorial Hawaii

In 1893, a group of American businessmen in Hawaii overthrew Queen Lili'uokalani and her government. Instituting a provisional government, the rebels immediately sought U.S. annexation. Petitions by Native Hawaiians persuaded the Senate to reject an annexation treaty in early 1898. After the United States seized the Philippines during the Spanish-American War, Congress annexed Hawaii in July 1898, granted it territorial status in 1900, and made it the 50th state in 1959.

1 Image Petition against annexation, Women's Hawaiian Patriotic League... View All Images
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