Matthew C. Perry

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry Full Name: Matthew C. Perry
Nationality: American

Profession: Commodore of the US Navy
Why Famous: Forced Japan to open up to Western influence and trade by sailing his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay.

An early example of gunboat diplomacy.

Born: April 10, 1794
Star Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

Died: March 4, 1858 (aged 63)
Cause of Death: Rheumatism that had spread to the heart, compounded by complications of gout and alcoholism

Historical Events in the Life of Matthew C. Perry

  • 1853-07-08 Commodore Matthew C. Perry sails his frigate Susquehanna into Tokyo Bay, opening Japan to Western influence and trade
  • 1854-03-08 US Commodore Matthew C. Perry's second trip to Japan

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