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1890: Businessmen plan for annexation

Congress enacts the McKinley tariff, denying Hawaiian sugar producers the competitive advantages they previously had over other foreign sugar producers in the American market. To ensure their continued profits, sugar businessmen in Hawai‘i begin planning for U.S. annexation of the islands as a permanent solution. (Hawai‘i Pono‘?, “Key Points in Hawaiian History.”)

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