Monday, August 23, 2010

On August 23

On this day in ...
... 1839, having withdrawn from Canton (today, Guangzhou) amid a struggle with China's Qing authorities regarding its overseas trading posts in China, Britain seized Hong Kong (right) as its base of operations. The move would prove a prelude to the 1st Opium War. At the time "a minor outpost," the harbor region and island of Hong Kong, both on the southern coast, would become a major anchor, in political and economic terms, of British imperial power. (image credit) As posted, China would regain Hong Kong in 1997.

(Prior August 23 posts are here, here, and here.)

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