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115 YEARS AGO: ROYAL TREATMENT

On January 29, 1891, Lydia Paki Liliuokalani is made queen of the Hawaiian islands after the death of her brother King Kalakaua. Her rule does not last for long; American businessman Sanford Dole, backed by the U.S. Marines, deposes the queen two years later. In 1900, the Republic of Hawaii is organized into a U.S. territory. Liliuokalani spends the rest of her days petitioning the federal government for compensation for seized land and other losses, to no avail. She dies at her Honolulu estate in 1917 at the age of 79.

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