Hong-zhi: Year 1, Month 3, Day 6
17 Apr 1488
Li Meng-yang, chief supervising secretary in the Office of Scrutiny for Rites, spoke of five matters: ".... 2. Qiong-zhou is to the South in the great ocean. Formerly, a position of vice commissioner of military defence was established there. Later, however, the post was abolished. However, this place is very close to the various yi of Jiao-zhi, Champa and Siam. It is feared that the seas conceal those who have fled and become pirates and it is thus requested that a specific military defence post be again established...." It was ordered that the relevant offices deliberate on the matters and advise.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 51, page 0274/76