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1894 USGS Alexander Honolulu

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"Part of the City of Honolulu, Oahu, H.I."

Published by United States Government, 1894

Printed by Lahaina Printsellers, Ltd., 2016

Originally included as a foldout in the Morgan Report, this map shows part of the city of Honolulu in 1893. The Morgan Report, one of the most important and controversial documents in Hawaiian history, was the final result of an official U. S. Congressional investigation into the overthrow of the Hawaiian government, and it ultimately paved the way for the United States to annex Hawaii in 1898.

The map includes a lengthy hand-written explanatory note by W.D. Alexander stating: "I, William D. Alexander, hereby upon oath depose and say that I am and for the past 20 years have been Surveyor General of the Hawaiian Islands and as such have charge of the Government maps; That the map upon which this affidavit is endorsed is a correct map of the central portion of the City of Honolulu."

He goes on to say, " It is made by F.S. Dodge, an assistant in my Department having charge of the City surveying; That from the records and maps in the Survey department and from my personal knowledge, the portions of this map colored red, were to the best of my knowledge and belief, owned or leased by Americans on the 17th day of January 1893."

The date is significant, because it was on that day that Hawaiian Queen Liliuokalani was overthrown in a bloodless revolution.

We custom-print this facsimile map on waterproof canvas in our Lahaina studio using the finest archival inks, which are tested and guaranteed not to fade or shift under normal circumstances for over 100 years. Modern printing techniques allow us to improve and enhance the historical subject matter, even as we're careful to preserve and maintain its historical and artistic integrity.