Passing the Rubicon

"Passing the Rubicon, Lieut. S. Bent in the Mississippi's First Cutter Forcing His Way Through a Fleet of Japanese Boats While Surveying the Bay of Yedo, Japan, July 11th, 1853". This is a lithograph by Wilhelm Heine depicting Lieutenant Silas Bent and his cutter, the "Mississippi," after having passed Point Rubicon entering Edo Bay in what is now Tokyo. As they head further into the bay they come face to face with a Japanese patrol boat and some of Bent's crew have dropped their oars and are wielding their muskets in order to intimidate the Japanese crew.

1855 circa 5 years
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