Raising the Flag: America'S First Envoys in Faraway Lands

Raising the Flag: America'S First Envoys in Faraway Lands

By: Peter Eicher (author)Hardback

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Since her inception, America has promoted democracy both at home and abroad, seeking diplomatic relations further inland as well as across oceans. Little is known about these first envoys-until now. From China to Chile, Tripoli to Tahiti, Mexico to Muscat, Peter Eicher chronicles these first American envoys' experiences in foreign lands. Their stories, often stranger than fiction, are replete with intrigues, revolutions, riots, war, shipwrecks, swashbucklers, desperadoes, and bootleggers. The circumstances they faced are surprising precursors of today's headlines: Americans at war in the Middle East, intervention in Latin America, pirates off Africa, trade deficits with China. Their experiences combine to chart key trends in the development of early American foreign policy that continue to affect us today. Meticulously researched and based principally on unpublished sources, the book illuminates how American ideas, values, and power helped shape the modern world. The first Americans to raise the Stars and Stripes in distant ports faced hostile governments, physical privations, disease, isolation, and the daunting challenge of explaining American democracy to foreign rulers. Many suffered threats from tyrannical despots, some were held as slaves or hostages, others led foreign armies into battle. Some were heroes, some were scoundrels, and many perished far from home. From the American Revolution to the Civil War, Eicher profiles the characters influential to the formative period of American diplomacy and who would guide her first steps as a world power.

About Author

Peter D. Eicher is a retired U.S. Foreign Service officer who has served in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Pacific. He specialized in political affairs, particularly human rights, conflict resolution, and international organizations. Eicher is the author and editor of "Emperor Dead" and Other Historic American Diplomatic Dispatches (Washington: Congressional Quarterly, 1997) and a large number of professional publications on human rights and elections, published by the United Nations, the OSCE, and others.


List of Illustrations Introduction 1. For Tea and Country: Samuel Shaw and the First American Contacts with China 2. To the Shores of Tripoli: James Cathcart, William Eaton, and the First Barbary War 3. Diplomacy in New Orleans: The Intriguing Career of Daniel Clark 4. Inventing Interventionism: Joel Poinsett in Argentina, Chile, and Mexico 5. Cochin China, Siam, and Muscat: The Remarkable Travels of Edmund Roberts 6. The Commodore as Diplomat: David Porter at the Sublime Porte 7. Adventures in Paradise: Jacques-Antoine Moerenhout, Samuel Blackler, and the Occupation of Tahiti 8. The Land of Gold: Thomas Larkin, William Leidesdorff, and the Americanization of California 9. Shimoda and the Shogun: Townshend Harris and the Opening of Japan Afterword Notes Bibliography

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781612349701
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 424
  • ID: 9781612349701
  • ISBN10: 1612349706

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