Commodore Perry in the Land of the Shogun by Rhoda Blumberg

By Rhoda Blumberg

In 1853, few jap humans knew nation known as the United States even existed.

for hundreds of years, Japan had remoted itself from the surface global by way of refusing to exchange with different nations or even refusing to assist shipwrecked sailors, international or jap. The country's humans nonetheless lived less than a feudal process like that of Europe within the heart a long time. yet every little thing started to switch while American Commodore Perry and his troops sailed to the Land of the emerging solar, bringing with them new technology and know-how, and a brand new lifestyle.

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118); and he received a present of an English book of Essaies (i. 230). But we need not assume that he had read Chaucer because he calls a long rambling statement a Canterbury Tale (i. 282). His property was only worth 1,500 reals, about £300 ; but, in accordance with the advice of the Council of Defence quoted above, it was seized on the arrival of the Ann Royal in England. We learn from the minutes of the East India Company that a petition was afterwards presented respecting Cocks's small estate:— " 2Uh Nov.

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