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President Buchanan Greeting Visitors Painting

President Buchanan Greeting Visitors Painting

President Buchanan Greeting Visitors Painting

"Visitors from the East. President Buchanan Greets Visitors from Far Away, 1860." When President James Buchanan welcomed a delegation from Japan to the White House, the foreign visitors considered it lacking, without towers or a moat. They did admit it was "handsomely furnished." The three samurai were the first Japanese ever to visit the United States, and they became instant celebrities. For their part, the Japanese considered America to be an inferior society, not likely to last long.

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