By Lindsay Ride, May Ride, Bernard Mellor
Many of the the most important figures (British, eu and American) throughout the turbulent occasions resulting in the Opium struggle are buried within the outdated Protestant Cemetery in Macao. The tales advised by way of the inscriptions at the one hundred sixty gravestones there shape Macao and Hong Kong's heritage.
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Others stood around to watch the transaction. Unwilling to have to deal with drunken crewmen, the officer in charge of the landing party had ordered them to be smashed. Outraged, the whole crowd set on the group of foreigners: warning shots were fired and the frigate sent armed parties to protect its men. In the skirmish, 14 seamen and several villagers were badly wounded and two Chinese killed. In quick response to protests lodged both by the village and by the captain of the frigate, the Viceroy suspended trading, and demanded the surrender of the 'foreign murderers' for trial and punishment on the 'eye for an eye' principle.
The factories were easily put to flame. There was a great conflagration in 1822; in the hostili ties of May 1841, the Dutch and English hongs were looted and destroyed; later the Danish, French and Spanish factories were burnt to the ground; and Viceroy Yeh had all of them, including their replacements, fired in the Second Opium War, after which they were not rebuilt. The factories were far better organized than were the independent traders, and some of them served also as consular posts. When one assumed the status of a consulate it offered, to those who were designated consular officials, the chance of continuing to trade from Canton throughout the off-season months, despite the Chinese prohibitions.
By far the greater proportion of foreign trade falling to the British, any such stoppage disrupted the livelihood of millions of Chinese workers and their families in the hinterland and along the coast, not only at Canton, the manufacturers of silk and porcelain, the producers of tea and other trading goods, the packers, the coolies and leaders of donkey-trains, the boatmen, the distributers and salesmen. Moreover, the tea estates and other production points were distant enough from Canton to give grounds for a whole series of tax-collection stations on the way, from which the revenue was a major contributor to the Imperial purse.
An East India Company Cemetery: Protestant Burials in Macao by Lindsay Ride, May Ride, Bernard Mellor