When her brother died in 1891, Queen Liliuokalani rejected the new Constitution and the privileges that it gave to foreigners, merchants and the sugar plantation owners. The American plantation owners rebelled against the attempt at limiting their power. The U.S. Ambassador called on Washington to send the Marines to help protect the Americans in Hawaii and instead the marines helped to topple the Queen. With her gone, the Americans set up a republic and quickly sought annexation. Congress debated for months with President Grover Cleveland blocking all annexation efforts. "Our interference in the Hawaiian Revolution of 1893 was disgraceful" (Davidson and Stoff 665). Once Cleveland leaves office the U.S. annexed Hawaii, in 1898 becoming a territory 2 years later, but it does not become the 50th state until 1959
Imperialism - The policy of powerful countries seeking to control the economic and political affairs of weaker countries or region
Why would powerful nations do such a thing at this time (1850-1914)?
**Thus often resulting EMPIRE CREATING AROUND THE GLOBE