Haydn's Dictionary of Dates; Relating to All Ages and Nations, for Universal Reference
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...in war. JAPAN, an Asiatic empire, composed of five larTe and many small islands (Xtphon the principal). It was visited by Marco Polo, the Venetian traveler, in the 13th century; and by Mendez Pinto, a Portuguese, nbont 1535 or 1548, whose countrymen shortly after obtained permission to found a settlement. The Jesuit missionaries who followed made a great number of converts, who sent a deputation to Pope Gregory XIII. iu 1582; but a lierce persecution of the Christians began in 1590, aggravated, it is said, by the indiscreet zeal and arrogance of the Jesuits: thousands of the converts suffered death; and in 1039 the Portuguese were utterly expelled from the empire. The Dutch trade with Japan commenced about 1600 under severe restrictions, and has since been frequently suspended. The learned Engelbert Kasmpfer visited Japan iu 1690, and published an account of it, with plates. In 1860, an emhassv, numbering about 70 persons, was sent by the Tycoon of Jeddo, or supreme ruler of Japan, to the United States, for the purpose of exchanging treaties. Thev arrived in Washington, D. C, by the way of California and the isthmus. This was the first embassy ever sent by the Japanese to a Christian nation. An American expedition, nnder Commodore Perry, reaches Jeddo, and is favorably received; but remains only a few days July 8,1853 A treaty of commercial alliance comcluded between the two countries March,1854 A Bimilar treaty with the British Oct.," Nagasaki and liakodadi opened to European commerce 1S56 Commercial treaty with Russia. Aug. 19,1858 Lord Elgin visits Japan with a present of a steamer for the emperor, and Is honorably received, July: obtains the treaty of Jeddo, opening Japan to British commerce Aug. 26," The secular emperor dies...
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