MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Documents (Loose)
DIMENSIONS: 15 3/4 X 22 inches (each)
COMPONENTS: 3 paintings
ITEM ID: 1933

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Paintings from Phaeton Incident

DATE
Year: 1808
Decade: 1800s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Set of paintings from the Phaeton Incident, also known as the Nagasaki Harbor Incident. The HMS Phaeton forced its way into Nagasaki harbor that year and threatened to kill the Dutch representatives unless supplies of food and water were provided. The Phaeton was sunk in Nagasaki Harbor on October 4, 1808. The result of the incident was to make the Japanese further distrust foreigners while at the same time forcing them to realize that it was just a matter of time before Japan would have to open its doors to the outside world. The more immediate impact was to further reinforce coastal defenses and to pass stricter laws that any foreigner that came ashore would be put to death.