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The Golden Ghetto: The American Commercial Community at Canton and the Shaping of American China Policy, 1784-1844

Jacques M. Downs


Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade.The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city's most important foreign communities—the Americans—during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese society in sybaritic, albeit usually celibate luxury. Making use of exhaustive research, Downs provides an especially clear explanation of the Canton commercial setting generally and of t ... More

Keywords: China, China Trade, American, Opium, First Opium War, Trade, Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia, Opium smuggling, American foreign policy in China

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139095
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139095.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jacques M. Downs, author
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine