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In addition to a huge standing army of war-toughened soldiers with nothing to do, nothing to lose, and eager for adventure (excellent point!), there were also other European countries which might jump on the opportunity. So, for the Chinese (who had a relatively unified and isolated empire), the question was "do we want to do that?". For the Spanish (who ...


Kind of, but not as such. The closest to what you're probably thinking of is the nihonjin-machi that began to form in the Pacific around the same time as Europe's Renaissance. These were primarily mercantile communities, but later also housed significant numbers of samurais, Christians and other exiles from Japan. None of them survived after the early modern ...

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