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Maps and Ships: Maritime Trade in the China Seas from the 16th to 18th Centuries

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
David Rumsey Map Center
Workshop: 
ARCS: Asian Representations and Constructions of Space
Meeting Description: 

Numerous networks of maritime trade were in place in the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries in today’s East, South and West China Seas (China Seas). The China Seas maritime trade systems were comprised of a number of smaller overlapping systems, which can all be distinguished but were all intertwined and co-dependent on each other. These systems consisted of port cities that were fluid centers of commerce that typically operated in similar ways with interactions and transactions that were private, unofficial and semi-legal, often independent of regional or national governance, as well as centers of tribute trade. The preferred ship type connecting these port cities was a unique Chinese junk hybrid with several Western innovations. Historical maps of these systems and paintings of these ships are agents that enhance our understanding of how these systems functioned.

Dr. Richard A. Pegg (PhD, East Asian Art History, Columbia University) is director and curator of Asian art for the MacLean Collection in Chicago. He has published and lectured widely on the visual and martial arts of Asia. His recent books include Cartographic Traditions in East Asian Maps, Passion for Form: Selections of Southeast Asian Art from the MacLean Collection, and The MacLean Collection: Chinese Ritual Bronzes.
 

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