Secrets of the Dead

A Samurai In The Vatican

Season 19, Episode 4 of 6

In 1613, a samurai feudal lord, Date Masamune, sent a Japanese Emissary to sail off to Europe to negotiate with the Pope and the King of Spain the opening of a new sea route. Led by the samurai Hasekura Tsunenaga and the Franciscan monk Luis Sotelo, this expedition spent seven years traveling one third of the globe. Discover the fate and legacy of these men caught up in the first ages of globalization as they faced secret ambitions, religious and political tensions.

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