By Harper Katherine Lower, age 13, The Lowell School, Maryland, USA
Today we make history on the #HistoryHero BLAST!
Behold our first-ever student-authored #HistoryHero post, fulfilling our original goal that the #HistoryHero BLAST be not simply for -- but by -- young people from all over the globe.
Special thanks to Harper Katherine Lower, age 13, from The Lowell School, in Maryland, USA, for being our first youth author!
Take it away, Harper...
Queen Lili'uokalani was born in Honolulu, Hawaii into a royal family in 1838. Because of the death of her youngest brother when she was very young, she became the crown princess and heir apparent to her brother, King Kalakaua. Many years later, after the death of Kalakaua, she became the first female monarch of her then independent island nation.