The Canton System refers to the Qing dynasty’s practice of confining Westerners who wanted to trade with “The Middle Kingdom” to the confines of the city of Canton (now known as Guangzhou), believing they would be easier to control if confined to one area. The Chinese mandarinate kept extremely tight control of foreign trade, keeping a careful eye on foreigners once they set foot on Chinese soil.

The city of Guangzhou (Canton)

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By |2014-12-16T16:53:51-05:00January 23rd, 2012|Berkshire Encyclopedia of China, Governance, System|Comments Off on Canton System (Guǎngdōng Tǐzhì 广东体制)|Guǎngdōng Tǐzhì 广东体制 (Canton System)

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