America Becomes an Imperial Power

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Half of the Hawaiian population is wiped out by the Black Plague or Cholera.

1804

Japan refuses trade with Russian ships.

1804

First cargo of Russian furs from Russian America is delivered to China

1805

American Protestant missionaries arrive in Hawaii.

1820

Russian Trading Charter is renewed, extending Russian jurisdiction.

1821

First printed pages in the Hawaiian language.

1822

Russia and USA sign a treaty to determine the southern boundary of Alaska.

1824

Japanese Shogunate bars foreign ships.

1825

U.S. and Hawaii entered into treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation.

1826

The American whaling ship "Wellington" introduces mosquitoes to Hawaii.

1827

First Mission School for Eskimos opens.

1834

American merchant ships fired upon.

1837

Shogunate cracks down on Western scholarship.

1839

The first approved constitution is put into motion in Hawaii.

1840

Flu, Measles, Diarrhea, and Whooping Cough come to Hawaii for the first time.

1848

Smallpox hits Hawaii for the first time.

1852

Commodore Perry demands Japan open to trade.

1853

The USA forces Japan to sign a trade agreement ("treaty of Kanagawa").

1854

Coal mining begins at Coal Harbor on Kenai Peninsula, Alaska to supply steamers.

1857

The Queens Hospital in Honolulu is opened.

1860

Gold is discovered at Telegraph Creek at the Stikine River in Alaska.

1861

British, French, Dutch and American warships bomb Choshu, a Japanese port

1864

Sugar had replaced whaling as Hawaii's chief source of revenue.

1865

The first shipload of Lepers is sent to Kaluapapa on Molokai.

1866

Treaty signed for Alaska’s purchase.

1867

Alaska formally becomes part of the U.S.

1868

The Confucian school of Edo becomes a Western-style university.

1869

Western dress is prescribed for official ceremonies

1872

The US use of Pearl Harbor is openly considered in exchange for duty free sugar.

1873

U.S. troops withdraw from Alaska.

1877

The United States constitutes a civil government in Alaska

1884

The Hawaiian government is 2 million dollars in debt.

1886

Congress creates the Indian Reservation of Metlakatla on Annette Island

1887

America troops move into the palace and take over.

1893

Queen Lili'uokulani political decision causes a huge uproar.

1893

American troops land to restore order.

1893

The republic of Hawaii is formed, led by President Dole.

1894

The last attempt to restore the Hawaiian monarchy fails.

1895

Major gold deposit discovered in Yukon, Alaska.

1896

The European powers force Japan to surrender the Liaotung peninsula of China.

1896

Hawaii is annexed as U.S. territory.

1898