The Qing Dynasty — was the last Chinese dynasty, and the longest dynasty ruled by foreigners the Manchus from Manchuria, northeast of the Great Wall.
It was in that Zhengde, fourteen-year-old son of Ming emperor Hongzhi, inherited power. Hongzhi had warned that his son Zhengde was too inclined toward a love of ease and pleasure. And Zhengde became a ruler interested in entertainments such as music, wrestling, magicians and acrobatics, interested also in riding, archery and hunting, and without much interest in the affairs of state.
The Portuguese first stepped onto Chinese territory in Mayat Guangzhou, and that year erected a stone marker and claimed the nearby island of Nei Lingding for the Portuguese king, Manuel I.
The king sent a trade mission in and the Portuguese created a trade center at Nei Lingding. The Emperor Zhengde died in April The Ming court lost interest in new foreign contacts, and there were reports of misbehavior by the Portuguese. Interested in profit, the Portuguese are accused of having kidnapped Chinese children to sell at their base more than a couple thousands miles away in Malacca, in what today is Malaysia.
The Chinese believed that the Portuguese roasted and ate the Chinese children they had kidnapped, and they blocked the Portuguese. China had a fleet of about fifty ships, and they defeated the Portuguese force.
Only a few Portuguese managed to escape — back to Malacca. The Chinese resisted any attempt by the Portuguese to return, but following a Portuguese shipwreck inPortuguese traders were allowed to anchor ships in Macau's harbors and allowed to trade, but at first they were not allowed to stay onshore.
In the Portuguese were able to establish a little colony at Macau to be administered by Chinese authorities. Image from Wikimedia Commons Emperor Zhengde had no sons, and rule passed to one of his adopted sons, Jiajing, who was fifteen. China remained reluctant to engage in overseas trade.
The court had decided back in to execute anyone who had built a ship with more than two masts — more than two masts needed for long range ocean sailing. And in the court ordered coastal authorities to destroy oceangoing boats and put their owners in prison. Under the Dowager Empress and the Grand Secretary the power of the eunuchs was curbed and wealth that eunuchs had accumulated was confiscated — 70 chests of gold and 2, chests of silver from one eunuch alone.
The economy was restored. But eventually Emperor Jiajing came of age and the Grand Secretary died. Then the government faltered as Jiajing focused on Taoism and immortality.
He spent money on Taoist temples, but his spiritualism did not make him a worthy ruler at least in the eyes of eighteen of his concubines. In they conspired to strangle him while he slept. All were executed except for the concubine who had warned the empress.
Emperor Jiajing did little to improve China as a military power. Frontier military colonies had only about forty percent of the number of men originally intended to guard against the Mongols and others.
Interior regiments were no more than ten percent of their prescribed strength. The government was not giving military men adequate pay or rations. Death and desertions thinned the army, and many of those who were recruited into the military were unwilling to risk their lives in combat.
Ming Matchlocks China's aristocracy was oriented more toward civil authority separated from military duty, unlike the rugged founding conqueror of China, Qin Shu Huangdi. And the lifestyle of the educated elite was separate too from manual labor — unlike, for example, the Roman Republic's rugged aristocratic soldier-farmer Marcus Porcius Cato.
Mongols in the north around Hohhot in what today is Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region of China had united under Altan Khan, a descendant of Genghis Kahn. With China's military capability reduced, in the Mongols burned homes, stole cattle and horses and, it is written, massacred more thanpeople.
In the Mongols advanced to the gates of Beijing and looted and burned its suburbs. Meanwhile, in the coastal regions from Ningbo southward to Guangzhou, farmers suffering hard times, excessive taxation and corruption joined gangs of coastal river bandits.
Also, the ban on ocean-going boats selectively enforced by local authorities created law-breakers who switched between trade, smuggling, raiding expeditions and plundering rival merchants. During the s the disparate groups of Chinese pirates and traders became more organized.The Ming dynasty (–) arose following a series of natural disasters that hit China during the early and middle s, adding to the misery of a people under the harsh rule of the Mongol Yuan dynasty (–).
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