Hawaii: The Past, Present, and Future of Its Island: An Historic Account of the Sandwich Islands of Polynesia

Hawaii: The Past, Present, and Future of Its Island: An Historic Account of the Sandwich Islands of Polynesia

Hawaii: The Past, Present, and Future of Its Island: An Historic Account of the Sandwich Islands of Polynesia

Hawaii: The Past, Present, and Future of Its Island: An Historic Account of the Sandwich Islands of Polynesia

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I endeavoured in my volume on Hawaii, to give a short but clear account of the state and history of that kingdom. Since completing its pages, three years ago, the march of events there has been rapid and important. The extreme interest awakened in this country by the visit to England of the young and widowed Queen of Hawaii has called fresh attention to the islands; and the telescope has been, as it were, frequently turned towards their distant and faintlyshining cluster, as if endeavouring to separate it into its constituent and many-coloured spheres. It has, consequently, been thought desirable to re-edit my work, bringing the history down to the present time. In a series of five new chapters I have described the blow which fell upon Hawaii by the death of its young Prince Royal; the yet heavier grief of the people when their beloved sovereign prematurely died, at the close of 1863; the installation and progress of the English . . .

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