By Charles C. Hammatt
Edited by Sandra Wagner-Wright
(University of Hawai‘i Press, 1999)
When Charles H. Hammatt arrived in Honolulu in 1823, Hawai‘i had already been in contact with Euro-Americans for 45 years, having become a transshipment point for the fur and sandalwood trade. Hammatt was sent to Hawai‘i by a mercantile firm in Boston to negotiate a sandalwood trade agreement with Hawaiian royalty. Although his business dealings failed, Hammatt successfully accounted for his two years in Hawai‘i with colorful and exciting descriptions in a time of world acquisition and change- including the death of Liholiho and the struggle for power, merchant rivalries, and the odd mix of miscreants and missionaries amongst the general Hawaiian population.
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