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Kaua`i chief Ka`iana returns from Canton and becomes a valuable ally of Kamehameha.


English trader John Meares visits Hawai`i and reports the Islands may "answer very important commercial purposes."

Early trading vessels, the Princess Royal and the Prince of Wales, captained by Charles Duncan and James Colnett respectively, are in Hawaiian waters for three months.


George Dixon publishes A Voyage Round the World, an account of his trading voyage in the Queen Charlotte including remarks on the Islands’ physical culture and drawings of various animals found there.

Scottish naturalist Archibald Menzies first arrives in Hawai`i aboard the Prince of Wales. Later he will be the first non-Hawaiian to climb the summit of Mauna Loa.


British colonization of Australia begins.

Composer Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach dies.

First issue of The Times of London appears.

Edward Gibbon completes Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.


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