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~Bay Area~ ~Daily~ ————— Friday, April 26th, 1860 —————


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~This is a picture of a young Japanese warrior called a Samurai. He is wielding a sword called the Katana~

During the 17th century the Tokugawa Shogunate took control of Japan. The Tokugawa family adapts the Close Door Policy. Japan closed all trade with other country, but still traded with the Dutch and China. The Tokugawa family ruled over 200 years. The closed door policy allowed Japan to become selfsufficient and depend on the countries resources. The country adapted the policy because the Japanese might have thought that having an open door policy would affect their system of culture. If the country had a closed door policy, than it would not be able to have details on the outside world. In March 13th 1835, President Fillmore sent gifts to Japan. These included muskets, pistols, swords, cartridges, and other things that could westernized Japan. After one year, Commodore Mathew C. Perry went to Japan with four “Black Ships”. His image was mainly a forceful threat to make Japan obey his order. He then made a “Gun boat Diplomacy”, which was the use or threatened use of limited military force in place of conventional diplomatic negotiations. ——>

This was meant to stop the Close Door Policy and Westernize Japan. This ended with the “Kanagawa Treaty” which was an agreement forced on the Tokugawa Shogunate by Commodore Perry’s menacing “Black Ships,” ending over two centuries of closed foreign traders from the coast of Japan.The First Japanese Embassy arrived at the year 1860. The Karin Maru was consisted of diplomats from Japan. They went there to learn about the Western ways. By learning the modernized ways, Japan would be able to compete with countries with the same balanced political power. They


~This political cartoon shows the coming of the American people to Japan~


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