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The Times... HJRD Arrival of the Powhatan and Japanese Embassy March 29, 1860. San Francisco, California. Although it was dawn, the room was packed. Everyone was wide awake, awaiting the USS Powhatan carrying the first Japanese Embassy to cross the Pacific in over two centuries.

bor, were flying the Japanese flag.

Suddenly, a gunshot rang across the bay –a signal from the Powhatan that they were coming into the bay. Although no one was talking, you could feel the anxiety and excitement in the air. It seemed as if no one was breathing as the Powhatan came into In the harbor, the harbor. The quiet several warships were was shattered instantly docked with their guns as guns from the warready to fire a welships in the harbor and coming salute. They, in the fort fired off their salute. Our ears along with the fort continued to be baroverlooking the harraged as the Powhatan

responded with guns of their own. Clouds of smoke coming from the ships and fort blocked our vision of the Powhatan for a minute. As the gunfire settled down, the Powhatan broke through a cloud of smoke. The huge, magnificent steam powered frigate moved slowly down the bay towards the Navy Yard where it’s crew was to be briefed and welcomed.

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Trading with Japan On March 31st, 1854 the United States signed a treaty with Japan. This treaty, known as the Kanagawa Treaty, allowed the United States to trade with Japan, ending Japan’s Closed Door Policy. This was a very good idea and we the Americans should support it. Trading with Japan is an important part of the treaty. Japan’s ‘door’ has been closed for over two centuries and Commodore C. Perry opened it. The Americans can now use Japan’s valuable resources that we do not have and they

can use ours. American ship wrecks people. With this, America and This treaty also imJapan can both work toproved the friendship of the wards a more advanced United States with Japan. The Japanese has sent over an embassy to observe our western society and the American government is using a lot of money on their tour of the United States. After both the United States and Japan greet each other with resources and tours they will establish a betfuture. The Japanese ter relation and friendship, opened up two ports just which will possibly lead to for us to trade with them peace rather than warfare. which was very nice of Everyone should support them. The treaty also says trade with the Japanese. Both that they have to help American ship wrecks on country benefits from it a lot in resources and political relations. their Japanese coast and provide protection for the


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Work Cited List "The 1860 Japanese Embassy." Bob Sandow's Home Page. MMII The American Photography Museum, Inc, Web. 19 Feb 2010. <http://www.lhup.edu/rsandow/1860embassy.htm>. "Arrival in the United States." The 1860 Japanese Embassy to America. Consulate General of Japan in New York , Web. February 19, 2009. <http://www.lhup.edu/ rsandow/1860embassy.htm>. "Fact Sheet: Commodore Matthew C. Perry." U.S. Navy Museum. Naval History & Heritage Command, Web. 19 Feb 2010. <http://www.lhup.edu/rsandow/1860embassy.htm>. "Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan." U.S. Navy Museum. Naval History & Heritage Command , Web. 19 Feb 2010. <http://www.lhup.edu/rsandow/1860embassy.htm>.

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