Hong-wu: Year 14, Month 8, Day 1
20 Aug 1380
The Emperor gave instructions in the Court to the various civil and military officials, saying: "Yun-nan was in ancient times the South-west yi. In the Han dynasty, officials were appointed there and they gave allegiance to China. Now, the remnant spawn of the Yuan, Ba-za-la-wa-er-mi and others have relied on their location in a dangerous and distant place and are acting stubbornly and obstructing culture. Send an envoy to pacify them and instruct them. If they create danger or secretly continue in their criminal ways, they must be punished." The assembled ministers were all in agreement. The Emperor thus ordered the various generals to select and deploy troops and gave them, in advance, cloth and paper money for their clothing needs. A total of 249,100 people were involved and they were provided with 344,390 bolts of cloth and over 408,980 ding of paper money.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 5, page 2179/80