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Independent Kingdom

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On this day in 1843 the governments of Britain and France recognized the independence of the Kingdom of Hawaii, the first non-European, indigenous nation to be recognized by European powers. November 28th became the nation’s Independence Day. Decades later the Kingdom of Hawaii was illegally undermined and overthrown by agents of the United States, laying the groundwork for its annexation, a fact which was formally acknowledged in 1993. The Hawaiian people never relinquished their claim to sovereignty.

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