The endless bounty of the world.

Via Google Books (and the University of Oregon e-Asia project, incidentally):  MacDonald of Oregon.

Ranald MacDonald was Metis, and the first person to teach English in Japan, back when Japan was still strictly isolationist (read: killing foreigners who set foot on shore.)

MacDonald signed onto a whaling ship, got himself put out in a lifeboat and pretended to be shipwrecked, was captured by the Ainu, and finally found a gig teaching English to fourteen samurai (who already spoke Dutch.)

Ranald MacDonald of Oregon

He eventually returned to the USA and died in poverty.  His last words (reported) were:  “Sayonara, my dear, sayonara…”


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