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The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844

Author: Jacques M Downs; Frederick Delano Grant, Jr.
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2014.
Series: Echoes (Hong Kong, China)
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Hong Kong University Press editionView all editions and formats
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Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city's most important foreign communities--the Americans--during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jacques M Downs; Frederick Delano Grant, Jr.
ISBN: 9789888313327 9888313320
OCLC Number: 900223849
Notes: "First published in 1997 by Associated University Presses, Inc."--Title page verso.
"With a new introduction by Frederic D. Grant, Jr."--Cover.
Description: 1 online resource (vi, 496 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
Contents: Introduction to the republication of the golden ghetto --
Foreword --
Introduction --
The golden ghetto --
Old Canton and its trade --
American business under the old system --
Opium transforms the Canton system --
The residents and their firms --
The dominant firms --
The other houses --
The China trader --
Cushing's treaty --
The creation of an official policy --
The mission to China --
Retrospection --
Epilogue : the legacy of old Canton --
List of abbreviations --
Appendix 1. Wade-Giles-Pinyin equivalents --
Appendix 2. Statistics and the American trade --
Appendix 3. A note on the silver trade --
Appendix 4. Known partners of American firms at Canton, 1803-44 --
Appendix 5. Commercial family alliances --
Appendix 6. Robert Bennet Forbes's correspondence with Warren Delano, 1879 --
Appendix 7. A note on sources.
Series Title: Echoes (Hong Kong, China)
Responsibility: Jacques M. Downs.

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Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city's most important foreign communities--the Americans--during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese society in sybaritic, albeit usually celibate luxury. Making use of exhaustive research, Downs provides an especially clear explanation of the Canton commercial setting generally and of the role of American merchants. Many of these men made fortunes and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States. The book devotes particular attention to the biographical details of the principal American traders, the leading American firms, and their operations in Canton and the United States. Opium smuggling receives especial emphasis, as does the important topic of early diplomatic relations between the United States and China.

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The fullest exposition on the subject thus far and as the final word on extant, previously untapped, English-language sources. -- Eileen Scully The China Quarterly

 
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