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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 arrival of the English in Macau

The arrival of the English in Macau

(p.26) (p.27) 3 The arrival of the English in Macau
The British Presence in Macau, 1635-1793

Rogério Miguel Puga

Hong Kong University Press

The retreat of the English from the Far East was temporary. The Convention of Goa, signed in 1635, opened the gateway to Macau once again for the English vessels. The convention was signed with the view to defend both English and Portuguese interests in the face of Dutch threats in the East. English vessels would be chartered from Surat to carry goods from Macau in order to bypass the Dutch embargo. Yet, to maintain their privileged positions, the Portuguese forbade English crews to land and have contact with the local population. The English searched for other routes to set up trade with China. The English presence in the East was strengthened when Charles II received Bombay as part of Catherine of Braganza’s dowry in 1662.

Keywords:   Convention of Goa, Bombay, Catherine of Braganza, Mandarin Authorities, Trade with China, Macau, China, British Overseas

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