Commodore Matthew Perry delivered the ultimatum from the US President that would force Japan to open her doors and modernise.
Saigo told his warriors to face death with honour. This was a tragic moment in Japanese history, tearing the nation apart. The soldiers waiting to attack Saigo’s samurai hated what they were about to do.
After Henry Morton Stanley discovered Africa, King Leopold II of Belgium was quick to recognise the potential of it’s vast resources.
The worst excesses of the Belgian Congo ended after a campaign by Christian groups, by newspapers and outraged individuals, which was really the first ever international human rights campaign.
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