C1744

A Plan of the City of Canton on the River Ta Ho.

C.18th engraved plan of the walled city of Canton, present day Guangzhou. Canton was an ancient city and had flourished as an administrative and trading center. It had a large wall surrounding the central districts, major avenues within the wall, … Read Full Description

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S/N: NAIB-1359-ASI-CHI–228559
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Full Title:

A Plan of the City of Canton on the River Ta Ho.

Date:

C1744

Mapmaker:

Unknown

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Hand coloured copper engraving.

Image Size: 

200mm 
x 305mm

Paper Size: 

256mm 
x 40mm
AUTHENTICITY
A Plan of the City of Canton on the River Ta Ho. - Antique Map from 1744

Genuine antique
dated:

1744

Description:

C.18th engraved plan of the walled city of Canton, present day Guangzhou.

Canton was an ancient city and had flourished as an administrative and trading center. It had a large wall surrounding the central districts, major avenues within the wall, extensive market districts outside the wall, and constant contact by riverboats with the surrounding countryside and distant ports.

The foreigners lived in buildings called “factories,” which included living quarters, warehouses, and offices for trade. (The  factories did not manufacture anything; the name comes from “factor,” the word for “commercial agent.”) The Chinese called them “hongs”. The factory buildings lined up along the waterfront, each with its distinctive national flag. The British were the first to arrive and the entire quarter acquired the name “Thirteen Factories.” 

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