The Economic Impact Of The Mahele Of 1848

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From a foreign perspective, one of the main reasons the Mahele was enacted was because of the western way of thinking towards land ownership. The western way of thinking towards land ownership was that each individual could purchase, own, and sell land (Cachola). As the foreigners were accustomed to that way of thinking, they were perplexed by by the fact that the Hawaiians didn’t have the same ideas in terms of land ownership. So, the foreigners demanded that they system be changed in a way they they could buy and own land in fee simple (Cachola). Also, they Mahele of 1848 was created because many foreigners craved the right to own land, mainly to start businesses and to have ownership of the land beneath their homes. The foreigners wanted to develop a secure businesses that would not be shut down merely because they didn’t own the land under the business. They also wanted to have a secure place to live so that no one could trespass on their property and break into their homes. To the foreigners, the Mahele of 1848 was beneficial because it allowed them to buy and sell land and to own houses as well as the land under them. …show more content…

This allowed the foreigners to make profit off of the land, as well as control. Foreigners sold the land at auctions to earn money, and even sometimes sold non-fertile land to the natives. They also used the land to make businesses such as sugar plantations, which then again would bring them profit (Menton and Tamura pg#). Henceforth, this is an economic impact because the foreigners gained much money and economic power due to the Mahele of 1848. This impact is also beneficial because it changed their financial state in a positive way by allowing the foreigners to gain profit off of

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