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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 beginning of regular East India Company trade with China

The beginning of regular East India Company trade with China

(p.67) 4 The beginning of regular East India Company trade with China
The British Presence in Macau, 1635-1793

Rogério Miguel Puga

Hong Kong University Press

The success of the EIC vessel Macclesfield marked a turning point for English and Chinese trade. The Macclesfield reached Macau in August 1699, and was offered protection in the forts by the Portuguese. The Chinese also showed interest in setting up contacts. By this time, the English were more aware of how to act toward the Chinese and the role of the mediator played by the Portuguese was eclipsed. During this period, Macau became a centre of communication and a shelter for English vessels. Macau derived income from the presence of these foreigners through house rents.

Keywords:   Macclesfield, Macau, China, British Overseas, Trade with China, Taxes, Senate, Governor

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