When discussing the creation of the Pacific World, many would say that the discovery of the Americas was the real beginning. Everyone knows of Columbus sailing west and landing in what he thought was India, but was really Cuba. However, what was rarely discussed was why he was sailing west. Spain had fallen way behind their rival, Portugal, in the race to trade with India. Portugal had set up ports all around the western coast of Africa, allowing them to sail all the way around the tip to then sail to India (Jones Jan...
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...e pacific physically, it set a precedent for future Asian powerhouse Japan.
Japan looked at the west and saw how they took over China, how the Chinese were falling apart, and decided to take a very different approach. They became modernized; they used western ideas and technology to build up their nation, eventually becoming imperialistic, taking over small pacific islands. They even attacked the now crippled China, flexing their military capabilities. The Japanese spread out their culture through immigration, unlike China who kept to themselves (Dower). Japan observed the methodical work of the Europeans in getting what they want, and imitated it. That is how China created the Pacific World, by falling down so hard, that neighboring countries learned to do the exact opposite of them, creating empires and modernizing as much as possible, revolutionizing the Pacific.
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