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The British Presence in Macau, 1635-1793$
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Rogerio Miguel Puga

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9789888139798

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888139798.001.0001

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“Guests and old allies”1

“Guests and old allies”1

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(p.105) 10 “Guests and old allies”1
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The British Presence in Macau, 1635-1793
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Rogério Miguel Puga

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139798.003.0011

The conflicts between the British supercargoes, independent traders and the Portuguese administration continued to intensify. The Select Committee had no control over independent traders who assumed Portuguese names, and problems caused by these traders led to the measuring of strength between the Portuguese and the British. The British stated they did not acknowledge the Portuguese authority in Macau, since they were under the Mandarinate’s jurisdiction. Yet, issues that arose from house-letting and the treatment of prisoners reminded the British repeatedly that they were under the power of the Portuguese. In 1760, the Senate banned Portuguese residents from letting their properties to the foreigners, yet financial interests were more important, foreigners were never expelled from Macau and they were always able to rent houses and offices.

Keywords:   Select Committee, Portuguese authority, Mandarinate, Property-letting, Financial interests, Macau, China, British Overseas

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