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Historical Events Today: 1854 – Treaty of Kanagawa: Commodore Perry forces Japan to opens ports to US.

On March 31, 1854, the Convention of Kanagawa (“Japan-US Treaty of Amity and Friendship”) or Kanagawa Treaty was concluded between Commodore Matthew C. Perry of the U.S. Navy and the Tokugawa shogunate. The treaty opened the Japanese ports of Shimoda and Hakodate to United States trade and guaranteed the safety of shipwrecked U.S. sailors; however, the treaty did not create […]

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