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The Story of the Greatest Nations; From the Dawn of History to the Twentieth Century: A Comprehensive History Founded Upon the Leading Authorities. and a Pronouncing Vocabulary of Volume 8 (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 13 sep 2013

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906 edition. Excerpt: ...through Japan. The fugitives consented to return with him, and his little band landed in Kyushu in 1549. Two years later, Saint Francis himself moved on toward China, and died upon the road; but his companions remained, and the progress of the faith was rapid in southern Japan. Hand-in-hand with it, advanced the Portuguese influence and trade. In 1573, Nagasaki, the principal port of Kyushu, was presented to the Portuguese as a harbor for their ships, and it became entirely a Christian city. By this time, however, the weakness of the Japanese central government had reached an acute stage. The local princes or daimios had become so independent, that the Portuguese thought them separate kings, and addressed them as such. In their constant wars one of these gradually extended his power over the others, and being assassinated in the moment of final victory, he left almost absolute power in the hands of his able general, Hideyoshi (1582). This leader, Hideyoshi, is one of the great geniuses of Japan. He wa6 of mean birth, yet, in a land wholly devoted to hereditary rank, he managed to raise himself to undisputed authority. He adopted as his standard the gourd in which he had carried water; and at every victory he added another gourd, until a whole bunch of them was borne before him, in defiant boast of both his origin and his power. After grinding every rival under foot, Hideyoshi planned a great expedition against Corea, which had long neglected to send its ancient tribute to Japan, and had, in fact, become tributary to China. The Coreans, a quiet and peaceful race, sent Hideyoshi presents when demanded, and made every submission possible rather than fight the warlike Japanese. But the crafty general had wider plans in view, and he insisted...

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