Bodies and Structures 2.0: Deep-Mapping Modern East Asian HistoryMain MenuGet to Know the SiteGuided TourShow Me HowA click-by-click guide to using this siteModulesRead the seventeen spatial stories that make up Bodies and Structures 2.0Tag MapExplore conceptsComplete Grid VisualizationDiscover connectionsGeotagged MapFind materials by geographic locationLensesCreate your own visualizationsWhat We LearnedLearn how multivocal spatial history changed how we approach our researchAboutFind information about contributors and advisory board members, citing this site, image permissions and licensing, and site documentationTroubleshootingA guide to known issuesAcknowledgmentsThank youDavid Ambaras1337d6b66b25164b57abc529e56445d238145277Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5fThis project was made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A Spatial History of Profit
12019-11-18T17:22:57-05:00Kate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f3531A Spatial History of Profitsplash54372021-06-23T09:32:33-04:00Peter D. ThillyPeter Thilly31b16d536038527b575c94bfc34e976c8406bf42
12019-12-11T09:21:01-05:00Peter Thilly31b16d536038527b575c94bfc34e976c8406bf42Environment and Physical Geography33The role of environment and physical geography in opium profitsplain2021-10-01T18:05:16-04:0024.48535, 118.08850Xiamen24.6500, 118.6667Chimmo (Shenhu) Bay24.86830, 118.67729Quanzhou26.0614, 119.3061Fuzhou1865Peter D. ThillyYakou ShiKate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f
12019-12-11T09:17:51-05:00Peter Thilly31b16d536038527b575c94bfc34e976c8406bf42Manipulating Space and Time26The intersection of technology, time, and profitplain2021-10-01T18:06:58-04:0022.71956, 75.85772Malwa22.4167, 113.8000Lintin24.6500, 118.6667Shenhu Bay22.5626, 88.3630Calcutta23.1167, 113.2500Canton24.66782, 118.64392Yakou1832Peter D. ThillyJardine-MathesonYakou ShiKate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f
12019-12-09T13:14:00-05:00Peter Thilly31b16d536038527b575c94bfc34e976c8406bf42Discrete Physical Spaces29A list of some of the discrete physical spaces important to the spatial history of profitplain2021-10-01T18:08:26-04:0024.6500, 118.6667Chimmo (Shenhu) Bay22.4167, 113.8000Lintin22.5626, 88.3630Calcutta (Kolkata)18.9750, 72.8258Bombay (Mumbai)1.2833, 103.8500Singapore24.66767, 118.64379Yakou22.1667, 113.5500Macao51.5142, -0.0931LondonPeter D. ThillyKate McDonald306bb1134bc892ab2ada669bed7aecb100ef7d5f
This module tells the story of how a transnational coalition of maritime traders came together to operate one of the largest illicit drug markets in history. The importation of opium into China prior to 1832 occurred exclusively in the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province, where Fujianese and Cantonese ships would load up on the drug for delivery to other parts of the empire.
By the late 1830s, a huge portion of the import trade had migrated north into Fujian province. Every day after 1834 or so there were around a dozen British ships permanently anchored in strategic bays along the Fujian coast, importing tens of thousands of chests of opium directly into Fujian and exporting jaw-dropping quantities of treasure.
This module allows users to explore this dramatic explosion in the Fujianese opium trade, by focusing on the local story of Shenhu Bay in Jinjiang County, and the interactions between the Shi Lineage of Yakou Village and the Rees brothers of Jardine-Matheson and Dent & Co.
Navigating Sources and Mapping the Opium Trade. Introduces the goals of the module, provides necessary background information, and summarizes my interpretation of the archival sources that make up the two main body paths of the module.
The Case Against Shi Hou: A Qing Document. Constructed out of a primary source from the Qing territorial administration, a criminal case against a man called Shi Hou for escorting British opium ships to his hometown of Yakou Village.
The Jardine-Matheson Global Network. A re-creation of the largest and most influential British opium-trading firm, divided up conceptually and geographically, interspersed with images, videos, and primary source text from the Jardine-Matheson archive.
A Spatial History of Profit. Three short essays on a spatial history of profit and corruption on the Qing maritime frontier.
Conclusion: Space as Process. The concluding page to the module.