King David Kalakaua
King David Kalakaua, nicknamed the "Merrie Monarch," was forced to sign "The Bayonet Constitution" at gunpoint, stripping the monarchy of much of its power.
Photograph courtesy Hawaii State Archives
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to associate or connect to something else.
family (genealogical) or historical background.
to add or incorporate land into an existing parcel, state, or nation.
person or organization responsible for making decisions.
knife-like tool that is attached to the muzzle (discharge point) of a gun.
member of a country, state, or town who shares responsibilities for the area and benefits from being a member.
system of ideas and general laws that guide a nation, state, or other organization.
to take away certain rights, usually voting.
having to do with money.
type of government with a king or queen as its leader, or the land ruled by that king or queen.
allowed by law.
group of people, usually elected, who make and change laws.
profitable or money-making.
group of armed, ordinary citizens who are called up for emergencies and are not full-time soldiers.
system of government in which national power is invested in one person, usually a king or queen.
large estate or farm involving large landholdings and many workers.
to lower or lessen.
to rule as a monarch.
something that is needed.
issues surrounding the legal right and ability to campaign and cast a vote in political elections.