Hong-wu: Year 2, Month 5, Day 20
24 Jun 1369
The Fu-jian Branch Secretariat was established, with the eight prefectures of Fu-zhou, Ting-zhou, Zhang-zhou, Quan-zhou, Jian-ning, Shao-wu, Xing-hua and Yan-ping subordinate to it. It was ordered that Cai Zhe, a vice commissioner in the Secretariat take up the post of administration vice commissioner. The Emperor said: "...The territory of Fu-jian borders the great ocean and it is rich in people and resources. The fan ships come and go from there and there are many people who trade privately with them. In the past many officials fell into criminal ways through the avenue of bribery. Now it is ordered that when you proceed there you must firmly guard against falling into such ways."....
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 2, page 0832/33