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Author Downs, Jacques M., 1926- author.

Title The golden ghetto : the American commercial community at Canton and the shaping of American China policy, 1784-1844 / Jacques M. Downs.

Imprint Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press, 2014.

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Edition Hong Kong University Press edition.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 496 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.
Series Echoes : classics of Hong Kong culture and history
Echoes (Hong Kong, China)
Note "First published in 1997 by Associated University Presses, Inc."--Title page verso.
"With a new introduction by Frederic D. Grant, Jr."--Cover.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-488) and index.
Contents Introduction to the republication of the golden ghetto -- Foreword -- Introduction -- The golden ghetto -- Old Canton and its trade -- American business under the old system -- Opium transforms the Canton system -- The residents and their firms -- The dominant firms -- The other houses -- The China trader -- Cushing's treaty -- The creation of an official policy -- The mission to China -- Retrospection -- Epilogue : the legacy of old Canton -- List of abbreviations -- Appendix 1. Wade-Giles-Pinyin equivalents -- Appendix 2. Statistics and the American trade -- Appendix 3. A note on the silver trade -- Appendix 4. Known partners of American firms at Canton, 1803-44 -- Appendix 5. Commercial family alliances -- Appendix 6. Robert Bennet Forbes's correspondence with Warren Delano, 1879 -- Appendix 7. A note on sources.
Summary Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city's most important foreign communities--the Americans--during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese society in sybaritic, albeit usually celibate luxury. Making use of exhaustive research, Downs provides an especially clear explanation of the Canton commercial setting generally and of the role of American merchants. Many of these men made fortunes and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States. The book devotes particular attention to the biographical details of the principal American traders, the leading American firms, and their operations in Canton and the United States. Opium smuggling receives especial emphasis, as does the important topic of early diplomatic relations between the United States and China.
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Subject Merchants -- China -- Guangzhou -- History.
Americans -- China -- Guangzhou -- History.
China -- Foreign economic relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign economic relations -- China.
Guangzhou (China) -- Commerce -- History.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Grant, Frederick Delano, Jr., writer of introduction.
Other Form: Print version: 9789888139095
ISBN 9789888313327 (electronic bk.)
9888313320 (electronic bk.)