Friday, February 26, 2016

Hawaiian Colonization

Hawaiian Colonization “The question of colonization in the Hawaiian Islands has, during the last few months, virtually absorbed all smaller issues touching our material welfare, and at present is justly made the leading topic of public thought and newspaper discussion.” On August 5, 1885, James Campbell offered Benjamin F Dillingham a one-year option to purchase his Kahuku and Honouliuli ranches on Oahu. Shortly afterward, Dillingham issued a ‘preliminary prospectus’ for what was to be called the Hawaiian Colonization Land and Trust Company. While, initially, things went well, eventually the project ‘fell flat.” While Dillingham couldn’t raise the money to buy the Campbell property outright, he eventually leased the land for 50-years.

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