Theodore Augustin Forcade

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Theodore Augustin Forcade was a French Catholic missionary, active on Okinawa in 1844 to 1846.

Forcade first arrived in Ryûkyû in April 1844 aboard the Alcmene, along with a Chinese interpreter known as Augustin Ho. Forcade remained in the islands for two years, residing at the Buddhist temple Seigen-ji. He had originally represented himself as merely an interpreter, and when his missionary proclivities became evident, it stirred up considerable difficulties and concerns for the royal government.

He departed the islands in 1846/8, aboard the Sabine, one of two French ships which had arrived earlier that year, leaving new missionaries, Mathieu Adnet and Pierre-Julien Le Turdu, in Forcade's place.


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