Amoy [Xiamen]

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4 folders of letters from Butterfield & Swire agent Amoy [Xiantien] covering local affairs and general trade situation Butterfield & Swire business organisation including the compradore and European staff health problems. During the summer and autumn of 1900 Cumming writes of the effects of the Boxer disturbances in the area and in September of the Japanese invasion and describes having British forces quartered in the Butterfield & Swire godown

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The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement (1898-1900) (also known as the Righteous Harmony Society Movement) was a movement against Western influence in China. A secret anti-foreign society, the Boxers (Ch'uan), undertook attacks on foreigners from 1899. In 1900 the Boxers occupied Peking [Beijing]. The siege was lifted later that year by an international force which ended the Uprising. [Source: Wikipedia]

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