The Indigenous Responses To Western Imperialism

832 words - 4 pages

Maddy Heil
Clements/ Felker
World Studies 2
15 April 2014

Research Paper: Perspectives Matter Project
During the late 1800s, several powerful countries were looking into expanding their land, and imperializing. The cultures of the imperialized lands were highly impacted and caused a response. The most valid document relating to the indigenous responses to Western Imperialism in both the Hawaiian Islands and Africa is “Hawaii’s Last Queen on American Annexation” By Queen Liliuokalani. During the late 1800’s, America participated in the Spanish-American war, annexing the Philippine islands. Spain originally annexed the Philippines, but revolts and revolutions took place in the islands in ...view middle of the document...

The other documents similar to the annexation of Hawaii were also about imperialization and annexation in other colonies and countries. British colonists came to Africa to imperialize, and the authors of these documents describe what the situation was like. The King of Hawaii in the 1860’s describes what it is like to imperialize and annex their land (Kamehema). The authors describe how they would “give every last drop of blood” for their country (Liliuokalani). These documents are connected because each one describes how annexation and imperialization is either good or bad, and shows why. The other three documents aren't as valid as “Hawaii’s Last Queen on American Annexation”, which is the most valid. The queen describes how the annexation was from a first person point of view, whereas the other three documents are officials who were living throughout the imperialization during this time period, but did not take place in the actual annexation or imperialization itself.
The annexation of Hawaii took place in 1898, where the queen was still in power and still held the monarchy in her fingertips. She describes how the Americans were “true allies” to the natives of her homeland before the annexation. Also, the document states how she would do anything and give up everything just to save her home and keep the monarchy of her island country of Hawaii
The documents are all connected by their main ideas- industrialization and...

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