Secrets of the Dead

A Samurai's Christening Affects Global Trade Routes

Clip: Season 19 Episode 5 | 2m 52s

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In Spain, samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga was baptized and christened Felipe Francisco Hasekura. This new identity for the Japanese ambassador would potentially unlock a new trade route between Japan and New Spain. However, King Philip III ultimately passed the responsibility for approving the trade route onto the Vatican, leaving Hasekura to seek the Pope's approval.

Aired: 11/17/21 | Rating: NR

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