WHAT: A RASBJ online talk by author Andrew Jampoler on "Embassy To The Eastern Courts: America's Secret First Pivot Toward Asia 1832-1837", followed by Q&A.
WHEN: Wednesday, October 26 from 8:00 PM - 9:15 PM Beijing Standard Time
MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812, the U.S. found its merchants and traders locked out of their traditional markets in Europe and the Caribbean. Hoping for new and profitable American trade, President Andrew Jackson chose an unemployed ship-owner and merchant with no diplomatic experience for a secret mission to negotiate treaties with Eastern potentates in their courts.
Jackson's agent was New Hampshireman Edmund Roberts. Roberts' mission, his "embassy," was to formalize American trade with exotic places—Oman, Siam, Cochin China, and Japan—on a most favored nation basis, including the accrediting of American consuls in each capital, who could advance and protect American interests and citizens in their host country.
After sailing almost 70,000 miles in five years in the sloop of war USS Peacock, Roberts was successful in negotiating treaties with Oman and Siam, but he failed in Cochin China, and he died in Macau before even setting sail to Japan. Peacock, first flagship of the Navy's new East Indies Squadron, forerunner of the U.S. Seventh Fleet, outlived him by only a few years, but his treaty with the Sultan of Muscat endured through the last century.
Join Andrew Jampoler, retired US naval aviator and author of seven, soon to be eight, books on maritime history, for an introduction to this lost chapter from the earliest days of US-China relations.
HOW MUCH: This online event is free for RASBJ members and members of partner RAS branches; RMB 100 for non-members. If you know someone who wants to join RASBJ to attend this talk, please ask them to sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership/ at least 72 hours before the event.
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