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Tian-qi: Year 5, Month 6, Day 6

9 Jul 1625

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The Zhe-jiang government troops had captured and killed pirates, and the Grand Coordinator Wang Qia memorialized victory, saying: "On the 22nd day of the third month (28 Apr 1625), there appeared in the open seas a large band of plundering bandits. Without authority, they used the reign title `Kuan-he', and the pennants of the senior generals and commanders declared them to be the `First Wing of the Red Yi'. With linked ships they came to attack. Fortunately the commanders and troops were attentive to orders and bravely struggled to be first forward. Thereby, victory was achieved in a single battle. One of the bandit ships was burned, two were sunk, 13 heads were taken and 28 persons were captured. The various 'red yi' bandits jumped into the sea and drowned. Also captured were false flags, false seals, firearms, Japanese knives, helmets, armour and so on, a total of over 100 items. The remaining bandits fled to the distance and the maritime troubles were ended." The memorial was sent to the ministry.

Xi-zong: juan 60.14a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 131, page 2805

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/tian-qi/year-5-month-6-day-6, accessed October 20, 2020