By Lindsay Ride, May Ride, Bernard Mellor
Many of the the key figures (British, ecu and American) through the turbulent occasions resulting in the Opium conflict are buried within the outdated Protestant Cemetery in Macao. The tales instructed via the inscriptions at the a hundred and sixty gravestones there shape Macao and Hong Kong's heritage.
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Captain Donald Mackenzie, also buried there (86), was another commander of a licensed countryman. The steady growth of British presence in India contributed to the rise in the numbers of an unlicensed group of private British traders operating under Portuguese company names and based in Portuguese India or Macao. The confusion of trading nationalities caused greater problems for the Canton mandarins than might have been expected, given a commercial scene so widely dominated by the country traders who flew the British flag.
The five Bovet brothers, the wife of one of whom, Margaret (105), is also in the cemetery, were engaged in selling Swiss watches and musical boxes in China for some 40 years; Fritz, a fiddleplaying member of that family, studied Chinese popular music so that he might arrange for its melodies to be incorporated into musical boxes for export from Europe. Whenever the mandarins faced a shortfall of these gifts, they were ready to reinstate rarely used trading regulations, at least until such time as the shortfall was in some way made good.
PROCEDURE TRADERS AND THE MANDARINS FOREIGNERS WERE PERMITTED to reside at Canton only during the season, approximately from October to March, between dates largely determined each year by the arrivals and departures of ships, and depending on the winds. When a ship arrived in Macao from the high seas, its agent had to ask one of the Chinese 'Hong' merchants to apply to the Canton officials for permits, so that it might move up to the Whampoa anchorages, the only place on the Pearl River where the on-loading and off-loading of merchandise for and from Canton might take place.
An East India Company Cemetery: Protestant Burials in Macao by Lindsay Ride, May Ride, Bernard Mellor