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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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The visit of the Centurion

The visit of the Centurion

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(p.83) 7 The visit of the Centurion
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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/9789888139798.003.0008

In 1742, the HM Centurion became the first Royal Navy warship to arrive in Macau for the purpose of re-provisioning. The governor of Macau persuaded Commodore Anson to put in discreetly at Taipa and not to enter the river to avoid paying custom taxes to the Mandarinate. The warship’s presence intimidated the Chinese authorities and Macau, and after this incident, the Chinese reinforced vigilance over the city. This incident also revealed the British attitudes of superiority with respect to China and the crisis in the legitimacy of the dual administration and authority between the Chinese and the Portuguese in Macau. This situation also influenced the relations between the allies as the Senate were forced to pay a tribute and obey the Mandarinate’s chops where the British presence in China was concerned.

Keywords:   Centurion, Anson, Taipa, British Attitude, Dual administration, Macau, China, British Overseas

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