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Oh Capitano!Celso Cesare Moreno - Adventurer, Cheater, and Scoundrel on Four Continents$
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Rudolph J. Vecoli, Francesco Durante, and Donna R. Gabaccia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279869

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279869.001.0001

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The Enchanter of Hawaii

The Enchanter of Hawaii

(p.79) Chapter 5 The Enchanter of Hawaii
Oh Capitano!

Rudolph J. Vecoli

Francesco Durante

, Donna R. Gabaccia, Elizabeth O. Venditto
Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Celso Cesare Moreno's role in the political crisis that culminated in the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. It first provides a background on the history of the Kingdom of Hawaii and describes its political situation upon Moreno's arrival in 1879. It then considers Moreno's alliance with David Kalākaua, king of Hawaii, and how the animosity between Moreno and the American ambassador, James M. Comly, helped precipitate a political upheaval in the kingdom. It also discusses Moreno's attempt to secure a subsidy from the Kingdom for his steamship line, the China Merchants Steam Navigation Company (CMSNC), before concluding with an analysis of the constitutional crisis that erupted in 1880 after Kalākaua suspended the legislature, formed a new cabinet, and appointed Moreno prime minister and minister of foreign affairs.

Keywords:   political crisis, Celso Cesare Moreno, Hawaii, David Kalākaua, James M. Comly, China Merchants Steam Navigation Company, constitutional crisis

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