Teacher guide Rise and fall of the Canton trade system II: Macau and Whampoa anchorage, 1700-1860s

TLF ID M006692

This is a collection of online materials about how Western ships engaged in the China trade travelled through the Pearl (Zhujiang) River delta from the Portuguese settlement of Macau to Whampoa. The vehicle for this collection is part II of a three-part illustrated essay about the rise and fall of the 'Canton trade system'. Connected to this part of the essay are: an animated map of the area; five pop-ups; detailed information about eight illustrations; and links to a set of six paintings and drawings of Macau and to accounts and diaries of the time.

Educational details

Educational value
  • The illustrated essay by Peter Perdue, Professor of Chinese History at Yale University, shows how a historian can use an online essay format to put forward historical and cultural explanations and support them with rich visual evidence. In part II of the essay, Perdue discusses four major topics: the Pearl River delta; Macau; Bocca Tigris; and Whampoa anchorage.
  • The essay and its links provide a wealth of primary and secondary source material essential for modern history studies of Western penetration into China in the senior years and very useful for the year 9 historical depth study of Asia and the world.
  • This collection is also useful for the historical skills aspect of the history curriculum, in particular for developing student understandings about evidence and perspectives and empathy. The visual sources are all from a Western perspective, showing the Western and Chinese ships involved in the China trade and the settlement of Macau as the foreign merchants wished them to be seen.
  • Three sets of lesson plans can be accessed through Curriculum in the dropdown menu at the top under 'The rise and fall of the Canton trade system II'. The lesson suggestions focus on the life of a Canton merchant, the China trade in Canton and Hong Kong, and 19th-century American impressions of China. They contain a range of useful questions and tasks, as well as teachers' notes. The lessons are suitable for mid- to senior secondary students and are connected to all three parts of the essay.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

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  • Author
  • Person: Peter C. Perdue
  • Description: Author
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: Peter C. Perdue
  • Description: Author
  • Person: Youqua
  • Description: Artist
  • Publisher
  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://web.mit.edu/
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  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.