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A very different culture,
This review is from: Samurai William: The Adventurer Who Unlocked Japan (Paperback)
Milton writes well and makes little known history come alive. In this case it is the European exploration of the Far East for trade with the first Englishman, William Adams, in Japan during the early 17th century. Japan was a mixture of an advanced civilisation combined with cruel brutality They were held back by their inability to build ocean going ships.. When Adams arrived, his European earlier arrivals, Portuguese Jesuits, wanted him crucified lest his Protestant heresy infect the country. Adams proved a suvivor becoming a trusted advisor of the Japanese leader. He was able to aid the British traders of the East India Company who came later. H has them spared from the terrible persecution of the Catholics which cane as Japan reacted against foreign influence. British traders were also in conflict with the Dutch. Most traders were sexually immoral, often given to drink and self interest. Adams stood out as the one man to be really accepted by Japan. This is a great account of brave mariners and a strange country.