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In 1613 a samurai traveled to Europe, met the Pope and King of Spain. Watch the video.

Buntaro

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"In 1613, feudal lord Date Masamune sent a Japanese diplomatic mission to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain in hopes opening a new trade route. Led by samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, the expedition spent seven years traveling one-third of the globe."

(By the way, the video plays for me in Chrome but not in Firefox.)

 

thomas

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Works fine for me on Firefox. We also have an article on Tsunenaga:

 
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