Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Views of the World, General View of Canton, China
We'll be staying in China for a bit. Canton is actually the city of Guangzhou. Canton was a name used by European traders and likely comes from the Portuguese. The Canton System was an attempt by the Chinese government to limit contact with the European colonial powers that funneled all trade through the city. There were thirteen factories, not places of manufacture, but foreign quarters built outside the city walls for the use of the various western trading interests. The Canton System ended in 1842 with the Treaty of Nanking, now Nanjing, which ended The First Opium War. In addition to opening up a number of other Chinese ports for trade, it also required the Chinese government to pay all the costs of being invaded.
As always, click on Views of the World in labels at the bottom of the post to see other cards int he collection.