Ye Merchants and Tacqua Amoy 1720–1804

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:
Ye  Merchants and Tacqua Amoy  1720–1804

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The Ye group of merchants and partner Tacqua Amoy provide exceptional examples of small to large operators in Canton. The risks were high, and, for some of the Ye men, including Leunqua, Giqua and Tiauqua, the longer they continued in business, the more likely they were to end up financially ruined. Cudgin and Yanqua were exemplary among their contemporaries in being able to retire successfully from the trade. Leunqua, Consentia Giqua and son Tiauqua ran small operations, but were eventually brought to ruin. The comparisons and contrasts between these different family businesses are striking and help to better understand what it took to succeed in the trade.

Keywords: commerce; partnerships; bankruptcy; China

Chapter.  8921 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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