Influence of Japan

Influence of Japan

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History classwork.

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  • By the mid-1800s though, Japan had come under U.S. pressure to open its ports to trade.
  • Hi, I am here to tell you a little story about Japan. Since the late 1630s, Japan had been inward-looking, shutting itself off from nearly all foreign contact.
  • The Japanese had never seen steamships before and they weren't industrialized. The Japanese government knew it could not defend itself against a modern navy.
  • In 1853 President Millard Fillmore sent Commodore Matthew Perry with a fleet of four ships into Edo (Tokyo) Bay.
  • Due to Japans lack of defense in 1854 its leaders agreed to a treaty that opened Japan to trade with the United States.
  • Per Japan's request, President Theodore Roosevelt helped negotiate a peace treaty.
  • Japan went through a difficult time in 1904. The Russo-Japanese War broke out, the conflict took a toll on both sides.
  • President Roosevelt met with two representatives of the two countries in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and hammered a compromise.
  • He received the Nobel Prize for peace for his efforts in negotiating the Treaty of Portsmouth.
  • Led by Rear Admiral Charles Sperry, the fleet stopped at 20 ports on six continents, including a port in Japan, before returning home in 1909.
  • Finally, in 1907 Roosevelt sent four squadrons of battleships, known as The Great White Fleet, on a 43,000-mile, around the world.
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