Who lived in the Nagasaki foreign settlement?

Residents in the Nagasaki foreign settlement came mainly from the United Kingdom, the United States, France, Russia and China. Other nationalities with a presence here included Austria, Germany and Denmark. The city of Nagasaki has a rich cultural heritage derived from their achievements.
Thomas Blake Glover was a Scottish-born trader who came to Japan in search of business opportunities when the country was opened to the world. He made a great contribution to Japan’s industrial modernization. He is buried along with his wife in the Shinsakamoto International Cemetery.
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The Glover ResidenceGlover House Gravesite
Arriving in Japan in 1868, Wilson worked as a captain for Glover & Company and Holme, Ringer & Company. He was a captain on the Shanghai line, the first regular international line in Japan. His younger brother, Robert, came to Japan in 1874. Soon after he received a captain’s license from the Japanese government and worked in the shipping business. In 1904 he founded a soft drink manufacturer, well known for its most popular product “Banzai Cider” lemonade.
George Morrison was appointed the first consular official in Nagasaki after the Anglo-Japanese Treaty of Amity and Commerce was signed between the United Kingdom and Japan in 1858. He contributed to the protection of his fellow nationals living and working in Nagasaki.
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The Former British Consulate in Nagasaki
The French national Father Marc Marie de Rotz came to Japan in 1868. He moved to the Sotome area from Oura and devoted himself to missionary and social welfare work for the people of Sotome.
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The Former Latin Divinity SchoolFormer Residence of the Archbishop of Nagasaki
A number of former residents of the Nagasaki foreign settlement rest eternally in the city’s international cemeteries built after the foundation of the foreign settlement. Oura International Cemetery was built close to the settlement in 1861, Sakamoto International Cemetery was built in 1868 and Shinsakamoto International Cemetery was built next to the Sakamoto Cemetery in 1903. The names of residents from various countries can be seen today on the numerous gravestones.