United States and American History: 1887

About the history of the United States in 1887, the U.S. claims Pearl Harbor from Hawaii, the Dawes Allotment Act is passed.


--U.S. Government claimed, rights to Pearl Harbor, leasing it as a coaling and repair station from Hawaii.

--Passage of the Dawes Allotment Act required all Indian reservations to be subdivided into individual plots of land of 160 to 320 acres. "Surplus" land was bought by the Government and opened to white settlers. For the Sisseton Sioux tribe of South Dakota, the Dawes Act meant that their 918,000-acre reservation was reduced to 308,000 acres.

June 7 War booty of the Union Army, consisting of captured Confederate flags, was ordered returned to the South by President Cleveland.

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