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The Alexander & Baldwin Company is a family-owned company headquartered in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Alexander & Baldwin was created by the merger of two companies with competing sugarcane plantations on the islands of Oahu and Maui in 1883.
During this time, the sugar industry had already settled into becoming one of each island's major economic exports. The need for diversification grew important as political problems arose after annexation became imminent in 1898. After achieving independence from Spain, Cuba found itself under U.S. control just before America officially declared war on Spain in April 1898. At this time, Hawaii was also occupied by American troops who were facing off against the Spanish navy at Pearl Harbor; most people believed that Hawaii would be next to gain independence.
The merger of the two companies, Alexander & Baldwin and The Hawaiian Sugar Company, is considered an early step in protecting Hawaii's economy when it was annexed by America. Each company had over 8,000 acres under cultivation for sugarcane with profits in excess of $700,000 each year.