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Matthew Perry Commadore Matthew Perry along with 4 American naval steamships anchored in Edo Bay, Japan on July 8 1853. Perry, serving for the U.S. navy, was instructed by the President to seek a treaty to open trade, protect castaways, and allow U.S. ships coaling and provisioning stops. Upon landing, Perry presented a letter outlining the demands of the U.S. then returned roughly a year later in March 1854 to get the response. In the meantime, Abe Masahiro asked each daimyo to vote on what to do, but the result was
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Unformatted text preview: indecisive.Bringing one-quarter of the U.S. navy, Perry was able to get the Japanese to accept minimum American demands. The Treaty of Kanagawa opened two ports, Hakodate and Shimoda, these were used for provisioning and trade. Also shipwrecked American sailors would be well treated, and a most-favored-nation clause was included. Perry’s coming was significant for two reasons; first it showed that the shogunate had no mandate whatsoever, and it also was the first treaty to be forced upon Japan by a foreign power....
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  • japan, United States Navy, Matthew Perry, Matthew Perry Commadore, Convention of Kanagawa, American naval steamships

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