Book Review – ‘Embassy to the Eastern Courts: America’s secret first pivot toward Asia, 1832–37’ by Caitlin M. Gale

By Caitlin M. Gale, published October 2020


Embassy to the Eastern Courts is a diplomatic history about the efforts Edmund Roberts, a New England merchant, took in negotiating treaties for the young United States with Oman, Siam, Cochin China and Japan decades before Commodore Perry’s more famous operation. Set against the backdrop of Jacksonian politics, author Andrew C. A. Jampoler, a former naval aviator and author, guides the reader through Roberts’ experiences, including a previous meeting with the Sultan of Oman, which led to a merchant with no diplomatic experience being placed at the head of two secret missions to Asia for the negotiation of trade treaties in the 1830s …

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Filed under: Atlantic | Indian Ocean | Pacific
Subjects include: Biography | Navies | Strategy & Diplomacy

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