Unformatted text preview: increased; the descendants of missionary families, most of them engaged in raising sugar, dominated the Hawaiian monarchy. While they made no overt effort to make the islands an American colony, all the expansionist ideas of the era-manifest destiny, Darwinism, Josiah Strong’s racist and religious assumptions, and the relentless force of American commercial interests-pointed them to that direction. In 1875 a reciprocity treaty admitted sugar to the United States free of duty in return for a promise to yield no territory to a foreign power. When this treaty was renewed in 1887, the United States obtained the right to establish naval base at Pearl Harbor. In addition to occupying Midway, America obtained a foothold in the Samoan Islands in the South Pacific....
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