26Reading 35-1The Dutch were confined to Deshima Island near Nagasaki, a mere strip of sand and shingle 200 yards long and 3 yards wide. While in harbor their ships had to take guns, rudder, and sails ashore, and offload their ammunition. Thus rendered safe and immobile, the ships were unloaded at Dutch expense, and the trade conducted on Japanese terms. No Japanese was allowed to speak to any foreigner unless another was present to note what was said. The Dutch were not allowed to be buried ashore, or to go ashore from the island to the town of Nagasaki, or to pray in public, or to celebrate the Sabbath. Nor were they allowed to entertain anyone in a Dutch house or ship, except for “public women” (the Japanese were always practical people).These severities were imposed upon the Dutch, and all other foreigners were excluded, for 1 reason only. For the 50 years up to 1640 Japan had suffered Christian missionaries—mostly Roman Catholics, but some Protestants. In addition to proselytizing large numbers of Japanese, these missionaries also took up the secular cause of their homelands. Spanish Jesuits intrigued against the Portuguese, and both Catholic sets of nationals schemed against the Protestant Dutch and English merchants.
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