Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii

Captive Paradise: A History of Hawaii


The latest country to hitch the union, Hawaii is the one one to have as soon as been a royal nation. After its "discovery" by means of Captain cook dinner within the overdue 18th Century, Hawaii used to be fought over by way of ecu powers made up our minds to use its place because the crossroads of the Pacific. the coming of the 1st missionaries marked the start of the fight among a local tradition with its historic gods, sexual libertinism and rites of human sacrifice, and the inflexible values of the Calvinists. whereas Hawaii's royal rulers followed Christianity, in addition they fought to maintain their historical methods. however the good fortune of the ruthless American sugar barons sealed their destiny and in 1893, the yankee Marines overthrew Lili'uokalani, the final queen of Hawaii.

James L. Haley's Captive Paradise is the tale of King Kamehameha I, The Conqueror, who unified the islands via terror and bloodshed, yet whose dynasty succumbed to inbreeding; of Gilded Age tycoons like Claus Spreckels who brilliantly outmaneuvered his rivals; of firebrand Lorrin Thurston, who was resolute that Hawaii be governed by means of whites; of President McKinley, who presided over the eventual annexation of the islands. no longer in view that James Michener's vintage novel Hawaii has there been any such vivid and compelling portrait of a rare position and its people.

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