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The Defences of MacauForts, Ships and Weapons over 450 years$
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Richard J. Garrett

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099937

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099937.001.0001

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Seventeenth-Century Defences

Seventeenth-Century Defences

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(p.9) Chapter 2 Seventeenth-Century Defences
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The Defences of Macau
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Richard J. Garrett

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789622099937.003.0002

This chapter examines the military defenses of Macau during the seventeenth century. At first there were no fortifications in Macau. The Chinese were suspicious of Portuguese intentions and they objected to the construction of any military establishments. However, the continuing Dutch incursions so alarmed the citizens that in 1612 representatives from Macau went to Canton to argue that fortifications were required to defend the territory against the Dutch. The decision to fortify Macau was made in 1615 and Francisco Lopes Carrasco was charged with the job of overseeing the fortification efforts.

Keywords:   military defenses, Macau, Portuguese, Dutch incursions, fortification, Francisco Lopes Carrasco

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