Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry was from an illustrious family of Naval Officers. His father was Captain Ch...
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...n possible if it was not for the efforts of Commodore Matthew Perry. He was the first to break down the barriers that separated Japan from the West. Perry set off on his expedition to Japan with one goal, “with God’s Providence, I may still hope with [the Mississippi] and other vessels of my squadron to accomplish something that may redound to the honor and credit of the country.” While his accomplishment of getting Japan to sign the Treaty of Kanagawa resulted in immediate recognition, little did he know what the future had in store for Japan. Once the Japanese signed the treaty, more and more demands flowed in. With these demands came acceptance, and as a result modernization. Japan became more Westernized, and with that more driven, curious, and hungry to be acknowledged as a world power. Ultimately, Commodore Matthew Perry was the catalyst that started it all.
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