The Tokugawa Shogunate
Updated: 1/15/2021
The Tokugawa Shogunate

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  • The Shogun went to the Emperor today. It was the talk of the morning. Europeans want to trade with us...
  • Apparently, the Shogun was not happy with this. We won't be trading with them much; Whatever the Shogun says, goes. He's the puppeteer of the Emperor.
  • European trade was banned, only allowed through the port of Nagasaki with the Dutch Factory. Japanese citizens were not allowed out, as well.
  • The Shogun did not like the possibility of his people being more loyal to the Pope of Rome. He did not like the ideas of Europeans.
  • Though, there were things that the Japanese liked from the Europeans. They liked the items being traded, which were clocks, eyeglasses, tobacco, firearms and other unfamiliar items.
  • Long after the Shogun's death, the rule of no trade with Europeans remained. It was just a bit over 200 years before these series of bans were lifted.