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Embassy to the Eastern Courts, Andrew C. A. Jampoler

Join the Naval Institute Press’s Author of the Year in 03 for Adak & Naval History Magazine’s Author of the Year in 06 for a talk about his new book.

In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, the US found its merchants and traders locked out of their traditional markets in Europe and the Caribbean. Hoping for new and profitable American trade relationships, President Andrew Jackson dispatched an unemployed ship-owner and merchant with no diplomatic experience on a secret mission to negotiate with Eastern potentates. Edmund Roberts' mission was to formalize American trade with these exotic places--Oman, Siam, Cochin China, and Japan--on a most favored nation basis, allowing for American consuls to openly advance and protect American interests and citizens in their host countries. After sailing almost 70,000 miles in five years on the ill-fated USS Peacock, Roberts was successful in negotiating treaties with Oman and Siam, but he failed in Cochin China, and he died before setting sail to Japan. The USS Peacock, first flagship of the Navy's new East Indies Squadron, forerunner of the US Seventh Fleet, outlived Roberts by only a few years.

Andrew C. A. Jampoler, a former commanding officer of Patrol Squadron 19 and of Naval Air Station Moffett Field in California, spent twenty-four years as a naval aviator before his retirement from the US Navy in 1986. The author of numerous books and articles, Jampoler won the Naval Institute Press’s Author of the Year in 2003 for Adak and Naval History magazine’s Author of the Year in 2006. Books will be available for purchase.

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