The Wild West Outpost of Japan’s Isolationist Era

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A manmade island off the coast of Nagasaki, Dejima was the only place where Europeans—almost exclusively Dutch—could trade with Japan from the 1500s to the 1850s. This setup was established to prevent European influence from seeping into Japan. Dejima was very strict when it came to trade; the most dangerous contraband was maps of Japan because of the tactical advantage they could afford to foreign nations. If a European was caught trading maps, he would be deported, while the Japanese person who sold him the map would be sentenced to death. Read full article here

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