American Imperialism in French Polynesia

Diadem Mountain at Sunset, Tahiti

As America grew in military power and industrial production, the country cemented its hold on Hawaii. By extension, trade increased with Tahiti with many artists and writers contrasting the wilds of French Polynesia with the order of the American presence in the Sandwich Islands. 






Logbook of the Parachute, 1859-1864 at the Library of Congress

Stephen C. Rowan Papers, 1826-1890 at the Library of Congress

Henry Adams Papers at the Massachussettss Historical Society

La Farge Family Papers, 1850-1990 at Yale University

Tahiti: the island Paradise at the Newberry Library


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American Imperialism in French Polynesia