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John Palmer PARKER

American John Palmer PARKER

Founder of the Parker Ranch on the island of Hawaiʻi in Hawaii

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on May 01, 1790 in Newton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: on March 20, 1868 in Oʻahu, Hawaii, USA


John Palmer Parker was born in Newton, Massachusetts. His father was Samuel Parker (1742–1822) and mother was Ann Palmer Parker (1753–1841).:25

Parker arrived in Hawaii around 1809 by jumping off of a ship. John Parker came to the attention of King Kamehameha I, the chief who united the eight separate islands into the Kingdom of Hawaii, and was given important tasks by the king. John traveled to China during the War of 1812, returning to Hawaii in 1815. Having brought back with him a new, state-of-the-art American musket, Parker was given the privilege of being the first man allowed to shoot some of the thousands of feral cattle that roamed Hawaii’s remote plains and valleys. These animals were the descendants of one bull and five cows given by British Captain George Vancouver to Kamehameha as a gift in 1793.:21

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