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Merchants and the Canton Junks

Paul A. Van Dyke

in Merchants of Canton and Macao

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9789888028917
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9789882208650 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789888028917.003.0005
Merchants and the Canton Junks

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Until recently, little was known about the Canton junk trade to Southeast Asia. It has been long known that Hong merchants were involved with the junks, but with few specific details. It was thought that the junk trade in Canton had declined by the late eighteenth century - to the point that it was insignificant. We now know differently. This chapter presents much new information about the 30 or more junks that were based in Canton and sailed to Southeast Asia each year. It analyzes 280 junk import cargos, and the relationship some of those products had to the foreign export trade. Estimates are provided of the volume and value of the Canton junk trade in relationship to the total trade of the port.

Keywords: Southeast Asia; China; commerce; junk trade; merchants; commodities; marine insurance

Chapter.  12842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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