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Joshua A. Fogel

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780520283305

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520283305.001.0001

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Subsequent Missions to China in the Late Edo Period

Subsequent Missions to China in the Late Edo Period

(p.142) Nine Subsequent Missions to China in the Late Edo Period
Maiden Voyage

Joshua A. Fogel

University of California Press

This chapter looks at Japan's subsequent missions to China in the late Edo period after the voyage made by the Senzaimaru to Shanghai in 1862. It begins by considering the shogunal authorities' purchase of the American ship Althea, which they renamed the Kenjunmaru and eventually sent on a voyage to Shanghai in 1864 carrying cargo of ginseng, dried sea cucumber, abalone, and other dried shellfish. It then examines the 1865 trip launched by a rebellious Chōshū domain, a bitter enemy of the shogunate, with Murata Zōroku leading the mission. Finally, it describes the mission dispatched to Shanghai in 1867 via the SS Ganges upon the initiative of Inoue Masanao, daimyo of Hamamatsu domain, and Hotta Masatomo, daimyo of Sakura domain.

Keywords:   missions, Japan, China, Edo period, Senzaimaru, Shanghai, Althea, Kenjunmaru, Chōshū domain, SS Ganges

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