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Home > My Ancestors > Chinese > Timeline: 1750-1849
  • 1784, August 28th: The American merchant vessel "Empress of China" lands in Canton establishing direct trade between China and Massachusetts.
  • 1786: Major Samuel Shaw, a Boston merchant and member of the "Empress of China" expedition, is appointed as the first Consulate General to China for the United States. Shaw's appointment further solidifies trade relations between China and New England.
  • 1798: Chow Mandarin, a 19 year old Chinese sailor, is buried in the Central Burying Ground in Boston Common. His grave is the only remaining evidence of the prevalent late eighteenth century Boston-China trade that brought the first Chinese to Boston as sailors on merchant ships. Chow's grave inscription is as follows:
    "Here lies Interr'd the body of Chow Mandarin, a native of China, aged 19 years; whose death was occasioned on the 11th, September, 1798, by the fall from mast of the ship, Mac of Boston. This stone is erected in his memory by his affectionate master John Boit, Jr."
  • 1847: A Chinese junk Keying moors in the Charles River drawing thousands of curious Bostonians. Also, Reverend Brown brings over Yung Wing, Wong Foon, and Wong Sing of Canton to study at Monson Academy. One of the students, Yung Wing, later attends Yale.

  • 1848: The figure of a Chinese man standing among a crowd in Boston Common can be seen in an etching from this time period. The etching hangs on the 8th floor of the Boston City Hall.

 

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