Re: [SCA-JML] Well-traveled Japanese (was: Deep in the Well of Indecision)
- On Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 5:16 PM, Solveig Throndardottir <nostrand@...> wrote:
> Ii dono!17th century. Didn't really take it over, though he was quite
> Greetings from Solveig! You made many good points about Japanese
> overseas interests. For that matter, as I recall, a Japanese
> adventurer took over Thailand (Siam) for a while.
powerful. There were times when the Japanese community held the court
more or less hostage as they made demands, but I wouldn't say they had
> As I recall, the Portugese take on the slave trade was one of theThat's the impression I get, though the Jesuits talk also of the
> things that got them into trouble in Japan. As I recall, slavery in
> Japan was much more similar to indentured servitude than it was to
> the chattel slavery that evolved in the USA and which the Portugese
> were to some extent already practicing. Basically, it was ok for the
> Portugese to bring non-Japanese slaves in and out of Japan, but the
> government frowned on the Portugese exporting Japanese slaves.
various Korean slaves. The Jesuit notes on the subject seem
corroborate what you say: The "slaves" in Japan were able to hold
private jobs beyond their duties, earn their own money, and purchase
their freedom. Also, apparently the church was advocating their
release and eventually excommunicated all of those involved in the
slave trade--though I doubt this stopped it.