Editor says, what if Hawaii returned to Home Rule in 1895? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality three of the Republican police at Bertleman?s house escaped. They gave warning of the uprising, which led the Republican Army of 1200 and some 500 Citizens' Guards to attack the Royalists at the Battle of Diamond Head. Although initially successful at repelling attack, the Royalists were overwhelmed by numbers and the Republicans' artillery, retreating and fighting skirmishes for over a week before being snuffed out. Lili'uokalani, Wilcox, and others were tried for treason, served part of their sentences, and were pardoned by Dole after Lili'uokalani's abdication. In 1898, Hawaii would be annexed by the United States, and Wilcox was later elected Delegate to Congress. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.