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The Ming Rejection of the Portuguese Embassy of 1517: A Reassessment

The Ming Rejection of the Portuguese Embassy of 1517: A Reassessment Abstract: In 1517, an ambassador from Portugal arrived in Guangzhou. This was the first diplomatic contact between Europe and China of the modern age. However, in 1521, the Ming Court decided to reject the embassy and cut off relations with Portugal. This rejection has traditionally been blamed on the imperialistic behavior of the Portuguese, who acted like typical European colonizers. However, this study argues that the Portuguese often behaved more like Southeast Asian smugglers, and that the Ming Court’s rejection was based on this perception. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

The Ming Rejection of the Portuguese Embassy of 1517: A Reassessment

Journal of World History , Volume 27 (1) – Jul 21, 2016

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Abstract: In 1517, an ambassador from Portugal arrived in Guangzhou. This was the first diplomatic contact between Europe and China of the modern age. However, in 1521, the Ming Court decided to reject the embassy and cut off relations with Portugal. This rejection has traditionally been blamed on the imperialistic behavior of the Portuguese, who acted like typical European colonizers. However, this study argues that the Portuguese often behaved more like Southeast Asian smugglers, and that the Ming Court’s rejection was based on this perception.

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 21, 2016

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