Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Fact of the Day: Perry Arrives in Japan

Until the mid-19th century, Japan was a country that wanted to be isolated from the rest of the world. Trade was limited to China and the Netherlands. Commodore Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy sailed to Japan in 1853 and demanded that Japan end its period of isolation. Perry showed the might of western military technology with his ships, and Japan quickly agreed to President Millard Fillmore's requests. 

21 comments:

Kati said...

I think nowadays North Korea is the most isolated country, right?

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Adam said...

very much so

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Isolationism never worked...and never will.

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DEZMOND said...

well, US has to put their aggressive snout everywhere.... even in places millions miles away....

Al Penwasser said...

And, ever since, the Japanese have been peeved. No WONDER they won't share the secrets of their sex robots with us.

Christine said...

Didn't know that!

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Pat Hatt said...

Definitely can't stay isolated

Maude Lynn said...

Cause we had the right to do that, right?

Dana said...

I didn't know this. Interesting!

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Another new things learned today.

Sakuranko said...

Oh very interesting fact!
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RaeAbigael said...

interesting!

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Holy Ghost Writer said...

One I never knew about

Caro * said...

Very nice fact :)

stephen Hayes said...

I wonder how we would have felt if a foreign fleet landed on our shores demanding we trade with them on their terms.

Kay said...

The Japanese do not look at that time very fondly, from what I hear.