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"Old Bruin" : Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 1794-1858 : the American naval officer who helped found Liberia, hunted pirates in the West Indies, practised diplomacy with the Sultan of Turkey and the King of the Two Sicilies ; commanded the Gulf Squadron in the Mexican War, promoted the steam navy and the shell gun, and conducted the naval expedition which opened Japan

Author: Samuel Eliot Morison
Publisher: Boston : Little, Brown and Co., ©1967.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is the story of a United States naval officer, whose nickname 'Old Bruin' - a tribute of his sailors to a voice whose roar carried through any gale- gives little hint of his extraordinary qualities. In Perry's person were combined the strategical savvy, scientific interest, and diplomatic finesse. Highlights of his career include: Promoting the founding of Liberia; fighting in the war of 1812; fighting pirates  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Personal narratives
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morison, Samuel Eliot, 1887-1976.
"Old Bruin": Commodore Matthew C. Perry, 1794-1858.
Boston, Little, Brown [1967]
(OCoLC)558035278
Named Person: Matthew Calbraith Perry; Matthew Calbraith Perry
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Samuel Eliot Morison
OCLC Number: 6556486
Notes: Spine title: " 'Old Bruin' Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry."
"An Atlantic Monthly Press book."
Description: xxii, 482 pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: The peaceful Perrys, 1939-1775 --
Captain Christopher, the first fighting Perry, 1777-1795 --
Christopher, Oliver, and the General Greene, 1795-1801 --
Preliminaries to the War of 1812, 1809-1812 --
The second war with Great Britain, 1812-1815 --
Family affairs and first Mediterranean cruise, 1814-1819 --
Founding Liberia, 1817-1823 --
'Old Bruin' hunts pirates in the West Indies, 1822-1823 --
First Lieutenant of North Carolina, 1824-1828 --
Commanding U.S.S. Concord, 1830-1832 --
Navy Reformer, 1833-1842 --
The Somers Mutiny, 1842-1843 --
Commodore of the Africa Squadron, 1843-1845 --
Mexican War opens, 1845-1846 --
VIce Commodore Perry, 1846-1847 --
Commodore Perry of the Gulf Squadron, 1847-1848 --
Second Tabasco, Yellow Fever, and guerrillas, 1847-1848 --
Yucatan complexities, 1847-1848 --
Four years' shore duty, 1848-1852 --
Isolated Japan, 1600-1851 --
Organizing the Japan expedition, 1851-1852 --
Bound away, November 1852-May 1853 --
Loo Choo and Bonins, May-July 1853 --
First visit to Japan, 8-17 July 1853 --
China interlude, July 1853-February 1854 --
Negotiating the treaty, February-March 1854 --
Ports and islands, 18 April- 11 September 1854 --
Conclusion of the Japan expedition, 1854-1855 --
Home port, 1854-1858 --
Epilogue --
Appendix: The Perry family.
Other Titles: Old Bruin Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry
Responsibility: by Samuel Eliot Morison.

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This is the story of a United States naval officer, whose nickname 'Old Bruin' - a tribute of his sailors to a voice whose roar carried through any gale- gives little hint of his extraordinary qualities. In Perry's person were combined the strategical savvy, scientific interest, and diplomatic finesse. Highlights of his career include: Promoting the founding of Liberia; fighting in the war of 1812; fighting pirates in the West Indies; and "opening Japan" without firing one hostile shot. He also worked incessantly for the health and welfare of sailors, for naval education and widespread naval improvements in general.

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