Edited by Gerald Boerner
Until the 1850s, Japan’s economy was closed to European and American products. The Japanese set up a buffer from western influences by a partnership with Portuguese and Catholic Church elements. One just needs to go back to the mini-series “Shogun” the came out years ago.
The forced entry into Tokyo Bay with a demand for a meeting with the ruling powers was asking for major opening of the Japanese markets to U.S. trade. Commodore Matthew Perry and his modern weaponry was too much for the Japonese and they signed the Convention of Kanagawa in1854.
So, off we go on another exploratory excursion… GLB
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