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Meet Amazing Americans Leaders & Statesmen King Kamehameha I
 
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The Dynasty of Kamehameha
Kamehameha II, the second king in the Kamehameha line, gave much of the responsibility for ruling Hawaii to one of his father's wives, Kaahumanu. He abolished the old system of government rule and allowed American missionaries on the islands. When he died in 1824, his younger brother, Kamehameha III, succeeded him at the age of only 11. What would it be like to be a king at the age of 11?
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