In Western maritime histories, Japan is not generally viewed as a major maritime power. Instead, they sailed through a political and martime era that looked primarily inward, ignoring the horizon. Japan was an important maritime power in Asia before the Edo era, and even after the era began, for the first few decades of the seventeenth century as a major exporter of silver and copper. Although the Tokugawa shogunate did begin to adopt laws restricting sailing vessels from foreign voyages, there were no actual shipbuilding restrictions. A series of edicts restricting trade, Catholic missionaries, and merchants known collectively as Sakoku between and eventually resulted in an official ban on all foreign travel by Japanese. The Japanese archipelago is essentially a line of mountains with a relatively limited amount of arable land around the margins.
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Outrigger boats are various watercraft featuring one or more lateral support floats known as outriggers , which are fastened to one or both sides of the main hull. They can range from small dugout canoes to large plank-built vessels. Outrigger boats can also vary in their configuration, from the ancestral double-hull configuration catamarans , to single-outrigger vessels prevalent in the Pacific Islands and Madagascar , to the double-outrigger vessels trimarans prevalent in Island Southeast Asia. They are traditionally fitted with Austronesian sails, like the crab claw sails and tanja sails , but in modern times are often fitted with petrol engines.
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When were the first "boats" built? The oldest discovered boat in the world is the 3 meter long Pesse canoe constructed around 8, BCE [ Wikipedia ]; but more elaborate craft existed even earlier. However, the very first sea-worthy boats were most probably built long before that, about , years ago, not by Man but by his predecessor Homo Erectus , a smart naked ape. Erectus originated about 1. Erectus had learned how to put cutting edges on stones and perhaps how to control fire; but he lacked the gene for speech and language.
A dugout canoe or simply dugout is a boat made from a hollowed tree. Other names for this type of boat are logboat and monoxylon. In German , they are called Einbaum "one tree" in English. Some, but not all, pirogues are also constructed in this manner. Dugouts are the oldest boat type archaeologists have found, dating back about 8, years to the Neolithic Stone Age.