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A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific WatersLife Aboard the USS Saginaw$
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Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813035161

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813035161.001.0001

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Hawaiˋi and the End of the Archipelago

Hawaiˋi and the End of the Archipelago

(p.179) 6 Hawaiˋi and the End of the Archipelago
A Civil War Gunboat in Pacific Waters

Hans Konrad Van Tilburg

University Press of Florida

In Hawai`i, the 1860s were a continuing extension of a period of enormous change. Contact with the West had started as an inter-island trade in provisions, gathering supplies to the ports of Lahaina and Honolulu for sale to the infrequent visitors. There was obviously advantage to be gained in the new exchange with foreigners, and a heavy price to be paid. The hundreds of whalers in the Pacific, from the 1820s through the Civil War and beyond, turned such provisioning activities into a full-blown industry. Amidst these changes, the presence of U.S. Navy ships provided a clear reminder of the growing influence of the colonizing power. Navy officers were a direct line of communication to the government of the United States, and as such were included in the formalities of national diplomacy.

Keywords:   interisland trade, Hawai`I, Civil War, navy officers, United States, national diplomacy

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