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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2022 8:34 p.m. PST

… in the South China Seas, 1849

"During the 1840s and 1850s, the recently acquired British colony of Hong Kong became a centre for piracy in the South China Seas. Here the Chinese pirates would off-load their booty to shopkeepers and other merchants who would then sell on the stolen goods to their eager European and Chinese customers. The pirates also targeted European and American seamen on shore leave in Hong Kong, encouraging them to desert their ships and join pirate vessels in return for the promise of riches.

The most desirable prize for any Chinese pirate at the time was one of the numerous opium carrying ships that regularly sailed between India and China. If should such a ship was seized while carrying opium, the precious cargo could be sold for considerable profit. Conversely, if the vessel had already sold its opium chests it was likely to be carrying silver used to pay for the drug. Either way, it was usually a win-win situation for the pirates…"

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Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 3:24 a.m. PST

Interesting, thanks for sharing

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 2:30 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami…


Personal logo chicklewis Supporting Member of TMP28 Apr 2022 4:25 p.m. PST

Fascinating !

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP29 Apr 2022 2:44 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it…


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