Piracy and Coastal Security in Southeastern China, 1600–1780

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:
Piracy and Coastal Security in Southeastern China, 1600–1780

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This chapter examines an important transitional period in South China's history and in the history of piracy during the period from 1600 to 1780. It discusses the closed-door policies of the Ming and Qing governments that banned maritime trade and labelled private sea merchants outlaws. It explains that though piracy declined during this period, it never disappeared completely. It suggests that one of the factors that contributed to the reduction in piracy was the government's co-optation of powerful coastal families, with close ties to overseas trade, into the Qing naval apparatus.

Keywords: piracy; South China; Ming government; Qing government; closed-door policy; maritime trade; coastal families

Chapter.  5784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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