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America fought a brief naval battle with Japan during the Civil War-what effect did this have on foreign policy?

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America fought a brief naval battle with Japan during the Civil War-what effect did this have on foreign policy?


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  1. 1
    Mildred Williams says:

    Where the hell is the answer!!!???

  2. 2
    Darryl Raby says:

    Be interested in hearing more about this, I can only think that it would have spead Japans modernaztion & possibly contributed to their war with China in 1896.

  3. 3
    Brian L. says:

    Please see this link: http://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2010/01/17/japanese_seacoast_gun/

    Website called "To the Sound of the Guns"

    In summarize, it appears a Japanese prince tried to shut down foreign access to the Shimonoseki Straits, the strait between the main island of Honshu, & the smaller island of Kyushu to the south, in Sept. of 1864. The USS Wyoming made a run through the straits, sinking several Japanese ships and shelling the gun positions, but received several hits itself. The Japanese continued to control the straits, leading to a joint European effort to gain control, in which the US participated in a minor fashion by landing some troops & shelling the locations again.

    As to foreign policy, unknown, but the article indicates it probably didn't help relations between between the US & Japan.

  4. 4
    Chuck says:

    To heck with the answer…We need new questions. This one has been up ther too long. Maybe us readers need to supply a question or two.
    Chuck in Montana

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    Elijah says:

    I don't think this incedant really did much, except take the participant's minds off of the War of Northern Aggression for a little while. As a whole, however, the only thing I personally can see this having an effect on is that it just made the Japanese not like us, maybe holding those prejudices up to WW2, but maybe not, who really knows the answer.
    And I agree with Chuck! Please start updating this again! I love these daily history questions, and it's really frustrating checking back here, and it still being the same question. It was said that the Daily History Questions was only going to be taking a few weeks off to come up with more questions. That was in November. This is March. Please have more questions up soon!!!

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    Tim says:

    Maybe if the South had avoided the initial aggression, the North would not have had to finish it.

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    Jack T. says:

    Didn't know about this incident. Maybe it led to the US decision to occupy Midway atoll in 1867.

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    Robert Hauser says:

    On whose foreign policy?….ours? None as gunboat diplomacy had already become a way of life for America as so well symbolized by the way that President Millard Fillmore ordered Commodore Mathew Perry to kick Japan's front doors in, hold the muzzle of a gun to her temple and demand that she open all of her ports to American trade in March of 1854. As a result of that, Japan lost some serious face…but realizing that she at least then had nothing with which to square the yard arm and recover it, she engaged in that for which she became begrudgingly acknowledged for, almost a century later, in the Pacific….the "art of patience".

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    lyndon says:

    Who knows that a Confederate warshiip which was preying on American whalers in the North Pacific called at Melbourne ,Australia in 1865 for supplys and to recruit new crew.

    There was no shortage of volunteers.

    The officers were lionised by local aristocracy.

    Get real,

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    JamesW. says:

    To be fair, compensation was later paid by the British to the U.S. for that incident in Australia..

    & the British colony of Victoria also obtained a warship – HMVS Cerberus [the wreck is still visible, in Port Phillip Bay, having been stricken as a breakwater] to enable some kind of defence.

    No effective weaponry was available to offer meaningful resistance to the C.S.A. warship at the time – albeit their was a bit of a novelty aspect involved that promoted the swashbuckling/fraternisation too..



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