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Macao, The Harbor and Praya Grande
12019-11-18T17:22:59-05:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f354Unknown Artist, "Macao, The Harbor and Praya Grande," Oil on Canvas, ca. 1850, Peabody Essex Museum M6336.plain2020-09-13T17:52:40-04:0022.19972, 113.54638Macau, China.Wikimedia Commons, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Macao,_The_Harbour_and_Praya_Grande.jpg.1850Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.Copyright undetermined (http://rightsstatements.org/page/UND/1.0/?language=en).Peter D. ThillyPDT-0002Kandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
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12019-11-18T17:22:59-05:00Macao21Macao was a central location for Anglo-Chinese networking in the opium tradeplain2021-10-01T17:46:11-04:0022.17730, 113.54689Macao05/27/1835Peter D. ThillyJardine, William
To ensure success brokers must be employed—I was quite helpless without them and before again sailing for that or any new market I must procure from Macao at least a couple.
Captain Mackay in Fuzhou to William Jardine in Canton, May 27th, 1835.*
The rules of trade at Guangzhou mandated that foreign merchants like Jardine and Matheson were only allowed to come to the foreign factories upriver near the walled city of Guangzhou during the summer months. Nearby Macao, under the de facto control of the Portuguese, served as a crucial place of residence and business for the foreign merchants in China during the rest of the year.
The above quote, from Captain MacKay of the Jardine-Matheson vessel The Fairy, indicates that Macao also served as a sort of job marketplace for Chinese brokers and interpreters to link up with foreign opium merchants. In The Case Against Shi Hou, we saw this happen as well, when the middleman Wang Mazhi took Shi Hou and his companions to Macao to meet the Rees brothers.