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5. The Hawaiian Kingdom

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Hawaii was a kingdom first. The islands of Hawaii were united by King Kamehameha I (“the Great”) by 1809. It remained a kingdom until the monarchy was dissolved in 1893 and replaced with a provisional government. The kingdom of Hawaii was then annexed by the United States as a territory in 1898. This process occurred under suspicious circumstances and is still controversial. In 1959, after years of debate, Hawaii became the fiftieth state admitted to the union.

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