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.
- 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