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The suburbs are nearly as large as the city itself. On the south, they stretch along the river-side, and at their southwest corner are the “ bongs," or foreign quarters--a long range of buildings separated from the river by a quay. There are in all 13 hongs, including those belonging to the British, American, Dutch, and other merchants. The whole territory, however, allotted to foreigners, is comparatively limited. The population of Canton is about 1,000,000, a large part of which resides on water, so that for four or five miles opposite to, and above and below the city, the river is crowded with floating dwellings. The city was only a port of trade, because the Chinese had been in the habit of going there to trade with foreigners when there were no other ports open. But the difficulty created by the rebellion has diverted the great mass of the trade from its ancient and out-of-the-way channel, and concentrated it at Shanghae. And now that the Chinese find Shanghae to be nearer to their tea and silk districts than Canton, and that they can often get better prices, and always as good as at Canton, they abandon their old and long route to a port of sale, and will continue to concentrate at Shanghae. The progress of the Shanghae trade is seen as follows: COMPARATIVE STATEMENT OF THE EXPORT OF TEA & SILK FROM SHANGHAE. Year ending 30th Juno.
Total pounds. Silk, bales. 1844-45..
3,800,629 6,433 1845–46.
12,459,988 15,192 1846–47.
12,494,140 15,972 1847-48.
15,711,142 21,176 1848-49.
18,303,074 18,134 1849-50.
22,363,370 15,237 1850-51.
36,722,5 10 17,243 1851-52.
57,679,000 20,631 1852-53.
69,431,000 28,076 1853-54.
50,343,847 58,319 1854-55.
45,385,816 34,835,429 80,221,245 53,965 1855-56.
29,115,273 30,184,693 59,299,966 57.463 1856-57.
12,470,686 28,443,704 40,914,390 92,160 1857-58.
23,978,114 25,988,527 51,317,003 66,391 1858-59...
39,135,939 85,970 1859-60...
25,663,666 27,800,105 53,463,771 67,874 The destination of the teas exported from Shanghae were as follows: EXPORT OF TEA AND SILK FROM SHANGHAE, FROM JULY 1, 1859, TO JUNE 30, 1860.
Total pounds. Total bales. Great Britain, direct... 23,098,813 8,522,391 31,621,204 19,084 United States...... 659,401 17,639,987 18,299,388 1,554 Australian Colonies... 534,006 380,805 914,811 N. American Colonies. 48,533 386,330 434,863 Continent of Europe. 1,105,398 66,964 1,172,362) Coastwise ...
217,275 803,628 1,020,903 Manila...
25,663,666 27,800,105 53,463,771 67,874
In the return of the exports from Shanghae, the qualities of the tea exported, black or green, are only distinguished from the years 1854–55, and only in the last year are the different countries enumerated to which the exports are destined. In 1844-45 the export of tea was only 3,800,627 lbs., and bales of silk 6,433. The very next year the quantity of tea was quadrupled, and the bales of silk rose to 15,192; and an increased export in both tea and silk took place annually, and the year the rebels took possession of Nankin the export of tea rose to 69,431,000 lbs., and the bales of silk to 28,076. The next year, 1853–54, as might have been expected from the confusion consequent upon the subversion of the Tartar authorities at Nankin, the export of tea fell to 50,343,847 lbs., but singularly the bales of silk rose to 58,319; but much more sin. gularly the export of tea in the following year rose to the greatest amount it has ever exhibited from Shanghae, namely, 80,221,245 lbs., and the silk amounted to 53,965 bales. From this year the export of tea fluctuated from 39,135,939 lbs. in 1858–59 to 53,463,771 lbs. in 1859–60. The silk, nevertheless, maintained very high figures; in 1856–57 it rose to 92,160 bales, the greatest amount exported in one year, and in 1860 the export had not fallen below 67,874 bales. If we contrast the first and the last of the sixteen years in the
report, a marvellous
progress had been made in the export trade. Tea had increased more than 1,300 per cent, and the silk more than 950 per cent. Looking to the destination of the exports in 1860, it is found that Great Britain took more than onehalf of the tes, 31,621,204 lbs., but only 19,084 bales of silk; the United States took the next greatest amount of tea, 18,299,388 lbs.; so that the Anglo-Saxon race would seem to be the greatest tea drinkers, for the rest of the world would appear to have taken from Shanghae only about 3,500,000 lbs. America took only 1,554 bales of silk, but 47,099 bales went to the continent of Europe and coastwise.
A review of this remarkable progress in the export trade of Shanghae presents some anomalous and conflicting considerations. Since the year 1853, the rebels or Taepings, have been in possession of Nankin, the ancient capital of China, and of several great tea and silk producing provinces on the Yang tse Kiang, or Great River, and Shanghae had to be supplied either from these provinces, or from provinces beyond the rebel ter. ritories and still under the Tartar authorities, but whose products would mostly have to pass through the rebel territory to reach Shanghae. Now a portion of the Europeans in China have exhausted damnifying epithets in depicting the rebel character and proceedings—they were bloodthirsty brigands and incendiaries, carrying desolation with them-were flocks of locusts, who, wherever they alighted, left a fertile land a howling waste, and were incapable of establishing regular government, or engaging in commercial relations. These accusations were even sanctioned in print by high authorities in China. It does not appear, however, from the tigures that trade has in consequence been interrupted. Annually increasing quantities of tea and silk could not be produced from howling wastes, and those products, if for the most part coming from provinces under Tartar rule, must have passed unmolested through Taeping territories, though as brigands they should have plundered them.' The Taepings profess to have a divine mission to extirpate the Tartars, their foreign rulers, and to destroy idolatry; and in prosecuting these objects, in combat, in the field, and in storming cities and towns, great a rocities must
have been perpetrated; but in respect to the rural population, as contradistinguished from the Tartars, a fact is patent, that when unexpectedly repulsed in their attacks upon Shangbae in August, 1860, by French and English troops, although exasperated by a sense of betrayal, in their retreat they left uninjured the standing crops around Shanghae, and they did not molest Europeans.
The traile of Shanghae is with the United States next in importance to that with England, and has been growing in a two-fold ratio for many years. The United States merchants early settled at Shanghae, and have developed there a large business, not only in the import of teas and silks to the United States, but in the introduction of American eotton goods, mostly drills, which are popular in most of the other free porte.
Amoy is situated on an island of the same name, in a bay of the China Sea, opposite Formosa, and is an important point for foreign trade. The city is well fortified, and the harbor admits shipping up to the quaye. The population numbers about 250,000. The trade has increased to some extent.
Fu-chow-fu, on the Min River, twenty-eight miles from its mouth, is surrounded by an amphitheatre of hills, and enclosed by castellated walls oine or ten miles in circuit, outside of which are extensive suburbs. This port is situated within seventy miles or the black tea district; and the trade there in black teas has rapidly increased since 1853 ; in the quarter edding September, 1860, its exports were 34,181,000 pounds. These teas cost an average of 30 cents, and sell in the United States at an average of 90 cents; and the city of Fu-chow-fu, besides its large factories for the manufacture of cotton, dyed blue cloths, &c., contains 500 ovens for the production of porcelain, which is here brought to a state of great perfeetion. The foreign trade of this port is extensive, as well as its commerce with all the maritime provinces and the Lew-Chew and Japanese islands. Its population is estimated at 500,000.
Ningpo is also a walled city, admirably situated for trade, at the junction of three streams, which, uniting their waters, flow hence in one stream to the ocean, eleven miles distant. Ningpo has large manufactures of silk, and a population of about 300,000 inhabitants. It is stated that about 670 junks visit this port annually from Shantung and Leas tong, freighted with oil, provisions, fruits, caps, cordage, horns, drugs, rice, and silk; 560 from Fo-kien and Hai-nan, with sugar, alum), pepper, black tea, indigo, salt, rice, and dye-woods; from Canton and the straits, several vessels; and from the interior, about 4,000 small craft every year; the total iniports being estimated at $7,650,000 annually. It is several days nearer to the green tea distrie:s than Shanghae, and has, consequently, affected to some extent the trade of that port.
The port of Tainan Formosa was opened to trade April, 1860, aecording to the new treaty with the United States. The island of Formosa has no good harbors, and only vessels of light draft can approach it, and Sainaw is not so good a place for trade, as either Keelang, near extensive coal mines, or Jakaw. Another new port is Suatow, in the department of Chas-tchon, the northeastern part of the province of Canton, between Hong Kong and Amoy, and situated at the mouth of the Han River, which is said to be navigable by a line-of-battle-ships fifty miles above Suatow. Sugar is one of the chief exports, and American cotton fabrics of imports. It has a good trade with the island of Formosa. The
AMA #11; 1847... 1,708,655 124,229 1,832,884 5,583,313 16,601 12,334
port is on the great commercial thoroughfare between the north and south
The development of American trade, which began with Shanghae, will
Among the Chinese emigrants in California, there are several who have
U. S. tonnage. Foreign ton.
Value of Entered Cleared Entered Cleared
2,079,341 196,645 2,275,995 7,285,914 21,204 17,477 478 1846... 1,178,188 153,553 1,331,741 6,593,881 18,937 13,697 306
1,174 da conta do 1848... 2,063,625
126,388 2,190,013 8,083,496 23,719 17,150 664 1849... 1,470,945 122,279 1,583,224 5,513,785 19,418 11,740
1850... 1,485,961 119,256 1,605,217 0,593,462 21,969 17,830 7,445 8,106 ,070,941
1851... 2,155,945 329,342 2,485,287 7,065,144 27,587 46,317 11,327 10,198 190 654
1852... 2,480,066 183,111 2,663,177 10,593,950 52,076 67,264 26,009 21,507
The exports to China from the United States have grown large since
Gold, direct from California, and cotton goods form the chief articles of the trade. The description of cottons sent thither was nearly as fol. lows: 1857. 1858.
1861. Brown and white $955,768 $1,174,928 $2,662,937 $1,903,616 Colored
131,815 631,149 143,330 408,155 Duck
6,435 8,437 23,758 11,110
Total......... $1,094,018 $1,814,514 $2,830,425 $2,322,881
When it is remembered that China has a population of 420,000,000, of whom a very large proportion wear cotton goods, and the remainder, to a considerable extent, woolen, and that all these goods are made by hand, or very primitive machinery; the cottons, to a considerale extent, from material imported from India, and known to be far inferior to the American description, it seems to be a matter of almost certainty, now that American goods made by the best machinery of the East, are well introduced, that an almost limitless demand for those goods may spring up. The extent to which English goods have been introduced, is seen as follows:
EXPORT COTTON GOODS-ENGLAND TO CHINA.
Goods, yards. 1844....
3,399,074 98,798,097 £1,733,027 1852..
3,170,992 119,168,851 1,507,104 1855.
3,614,709 41,672,293 638,126 1856.
5,775,620 112,665,202 1,541,133 1858.
6,231,991 138,488,957 1,847,976 1859.
9,198,629 193,935,933 3,185,956 1860.
8,764,036 222,963,780 3,567,775 1861..
6,733,914 243,654,141 3,484,241 In 1855 there was a decline in the movement, consequent upon political difficulties; since then the increase bas been rapid, mostly in yarns to supply native factories. In this branch of business the United States have done little or nothing. The English sell an aggregate of $17,000,000 worth of cotton goods, while the United States sell little over $2,300,000. Yet the English buy the cotton of India, and of the United States, and pay freigiit both ways, and still take the trade from the United States, which have their own cotton.
While the increased exports to China have been mostly gold, the United States have purchased an increasing quantity of tea, and also of silks, raw silks for purposes of manufacturing here.
The apparent consumption of tea in the United States for the last three years has been as follows:
Total. 1859.... Ibs. 20,722,568 14,188,797 964,440 35,875,805 1860.... 16,298,440 13,548,589 315,306 30,162,335 1861.... 10,394,476 19,142,128 473,418 30,010,022
The whole quantity consumed, according to these figures in the last twelve years, has been 384,021,739 pounds, an annual average of 32,001,813 pounds. If the population and consumption of each year is taken, however, the results are as follows: