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Alexis Bachelot (1796–1837) was a Roman Catholic priest and first
Prefect Apostolic of the Sandwich Islands who led the first permanent
Catholic mission to the Kingdom of Hawaii. He arrived in Hawaii in 1827,
expecting the approval of King Kamehameha II. He learned upon arrival
that the king had died and that the new government was hostile towards
Catholic missionaries. Bachelot converted and then quietly ministered to
a small group of Hawaiians for four years before being deported on the
orders of Kaʻahumanu, the Kuhina Nui of Hawaii. Bachelot traveled to
California, where he served as an assistant minister. In 1837, having
learned of Kaʻahumanu's death and King Kamehameha III's willingness to
allow Catholic priests, Bachelot returned to Hawaii, but found that
Kamehameha III had changed his mind. Bachelot was removed from the
island and confined to a ship for several months. He was freed after the
French and British navies imposed a blockade on Honolulu harbor. He
later secured passage on a ship to Micronesia, but died en route. His
treatment prompted the government of France to dispatch a frigate to
Hawaii, an intervention that led to the emancipation of Catholics there.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexis_Bachelot>
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