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Sketch of Simoda from the Treaty of Kanagawa, 1854


Sketch of Simoda from the Treaty of Kanagawa, 1854

Sketch of Simoda from the Treaty of Kanagawa, 1854, General Records of the United States Government; Record Group 11; National Archives.

On March 31, 1854, the first treaty between Japan and the United States was signed. The Treaty was the result of an encounter between an elaborately planned mission to open Japan and an unwavering policy by Japan's government of forbidding commerce with foreign nations. Two nations regarding each other as "barbarians" found a way to reach agreement.
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