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Introduction:

Robert J. Antony

in Elusive Pirates, Pervasive Smugglers

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789888028115
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028115.003.0001
Introduction:

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This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the extent, diffusion, and characteristics of piracy and smuggling in the greater China Seas region over the past six centuries. This book examines the multinational clandestine trade in the South China coast among merchants, smugglers, and pirates during the period from 1520 to 1550. It investigates the role of coastal residents in the success of piracy and smuggling. It also highlights the adventures of the well-known pirates during this six-century period.

Keywords: piracy; smuggling; China Sea; coastal residents; pirates

Chapter.  5797 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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