When did Hawaii becomes the 50th state of the United States of America (USA)?
When Did Hawaii Become a State Of United States?
Hawaii becomes the 50th state of The United States of America on August 21, 1959.
Hawaii is the only state which is smallest and completely made up of Islands. Hawaii has a big history before it is officially recognized as the state of The United States of America.
About 1500 years ago, the first people to land on Hawaii Island were Polynesians from the Marquesas Islands. They came sailing over 2000 miles in canoes over the mighty Pacific ocean. The Polynesians brought pigs, taro, sweet potatoes and other things typically associated with Hawaiian culture.
500 years later immigrants from Tahiti migrated to Hawaii bringing extreme hierarchical institutions known as the "taboo" or kapu system. Hawaiian culture flourished over the centuries.
In 1778, Captain James Cook, landed on the shores of Kauai"™s Waimea Bay. Named the state the "Sandwich Islands" in honor of the Earl of Sandwich. Captain Cook was the man who opened the West to Hawaii and was later killed on the islands. At this time other immigrants were arriving to Hawaii from Asia, Europe, and other Pacific islands.
By 1810 the islands were ruled by King Kamehameha I and developed a monarchical institution. By 1819, King Kamehameha II ruled and abolished the Polynesian founded kapu system of hierarchy and allowed women to rank which was previously forbidden.
By 1875 an agreement called the Reciprocity Treaty of 1875 was signed between the Kingdom of Hawaii and the United States which opened up borders to import Hawaiian sugarcane into mainland United States. The agreement made a boom in the agricultural economy on the islands. Hawaii became a port for seamen, traders and whalers.
In 1898, Hawaii became a
territory of the United States. In the 20th century, sugar and pineapple plantations fueled Hawaiis
economy bringing an influx of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino and Portuguese
immigrant. The U.S. had built a naval base in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. Hawaiis importance as a military outpost became critical when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese launched a surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on Oahu. This brought the United States as well as Hawaii into World War II. Four years later, on September 2, 1945, Japan signed its unconditional surrender on the USS Battleship Missouri,
which still rests in Pearl Harbor today. This act finally acknowledged Hawaii officially into the sovereign nation.
As of Hawaii History, In the year 1959, Hawaii became the 50th State of the United States.