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Famously Japan closed itself off from foreign contact from the seventeenth century until obliged to engage with the world in the nineteenth, so from the first one has to doubt that a late sixteenth century adventurer played much of a role in unlocking Japan, the book relates the factual basis behind the novel and later TV show Shogunthis I remember principally for its jaunty theme tune, perhaps in future due to e-readers and what not all books will have theme tunes, even the paper ones, since you can buy annoying cards which play music when you open them view spoiler [ though I remember an episode of Futurama in which a musical card had a role in leading a robot revolt so maybe the rise of the musical book ought to be resisted hide spoiler ]. Anyway if you are unfamiliar with the story I will now spoiler it a little view spoiler [ Beware Spoilers! In the background is also the story of the Catholic missionaries to Japan, and Japan not being unlocked but moving to slam the door and lock and bolt it against foreigners apart from a Dutch trading station on an island facing Nagasaki.

Samurai william

Early life[ edit ] Adams was born in Gillingham, KentEngland. When Adams was twelve his father died, and he was apprenticed to shipyard owner Master Nicholas Diggins at Limehouse for the seafaring life. He saw naval service against the Spanish Armada in as master of the Richarde Dyffylde, a resupply ship.

Samurai william

I am a Kentish -man, borne in a Towne called Gillingamtwo English miles from Rochesterone mile from Chattamwhere the Kings ships lye: So, in the yeare of our Lord God, I was hired for chiefe Pilot of a Fleete of five sayle, which was made readie by the chiefe of the Indian Company Peter Vanderhag, and Hance Vanderueke Attracted by the Dutch trade with IndiaAdams, then 34 years old, shipped as pilot major with a five-ship fleet dispatched from the isle of Texel to the Far East in by a company of Rotterdam merchants a voorcompagnie, predecessor of the Dutch East India Company.

His brother Thomas accompanied him. The Dutch were allied with England and as well as fellow Protestantsthey too were also at war with Spain fighting for their independence.

The Adams brothers set sail from Rotterdam in June on the Hoope and joined with the rest of the fleet on 24 June. The fleet consisted of: In that case, they were supposed to obtain silver in Japan to buy spices in the Moluccas the Spice Islandsbefore heading back to Europe.

They sailed on west for the Straits of Magellan.

Scattered by stress of weather and after several disasters in the South Atlantic, only three ships of the five made it through the Magellan Straits. The Blijde Boodschap was adrift after being disabled in bad weather and was captured by a Spanish ship.

The Geloof returned to Rotterdam in July with 36 men surviving of the original crew. During the voyage, Adams changed ships to the Liefde originally named Erasmus and adorned by a wooden carving of Erasmus on her stern.

The statue was preserved in a Buddhist temple in Sano-shiTochigi-ken. The Liefde waited for the other ships at Floreana Island off the Ecuadorean coast.


However, only the Hoope had arrived by the spring of The Trouw later reached Tidore Indonesia. The crew were killed by the Portuguese in January It was late November when the two ships sailed westwardly for Japan.

On their way, the two ships made landfall in "certain islands" possibly the islands of Hawaii where eight sailors deserted the ships. Later during the voyage, a typhoon claimed the Hoope with all hands, in late February Its cargo consisted of eleven chests of trade goods:`Samurai William' recounts the life story of William Adams who was an English mariner who sailed to Japan and who became enraptured with the culture and customs of this intriguing land.

Adams is the man who James Clavell based his book `Shogun' on and there are many parallels between the lives of Adams and Blackthorne in that book/5.

The Hardcover of the Samurai William by Giles Milton at Barnes & Noble. FREE Shipping on $25 or more!/5(4). William Adams (24 September – 16 May ), known in Japanese as Miura Anjin (三浦按針: "the pilot of Miura") was an English navigator who, in , was the first of his nation to reach Japan during a five-ship expedition for the Dutch East India the few survivors of the only ship that reached Japan, Adams and his second mate Jan Joosten were not allowed to leave the.

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