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Yong-le: Year 2, Month 8, Day 1

5 Sep 1404

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The envoy Bu-gai Xu-ba-ni who had been sent by Zhan-ba Di-lai, the king of the country of Champa, came to Court, offered tribute of rhinoceros horn and local products and presented the following memorial from the king:

"Formerly I memorialized that Annam had attacked our place, killing and carrying off people and livestock. We then humbly received the Imperial orders instructing the cessation of hostilities. However, their king Hu Di has not respected the Imperial instructions. In the fourth month of this year (May/Jun 1404), a naval force attacked our territory and the people were subjected to its abuses. Recently, those people who we had sent to offer tribute to the Court were returning when all the goods which had been conferred upon them were seized and carried off. I have also been forced to hand over my headwear, robes and seal and been ordered to become their subject. They have already occupied our territory at Sha-li-ya and other places. Now, they are again launching continual assaults. I am afraid that I will not be able to withstand these by myself. I wish to maintain our national territory and thus request that the Emperor control them."

The Emperor was angered. He ordered the Ministry of Rites to send an envoy with Imperial orders of instruction for Di and also to confer paper money and silks upon the envoy from Champa.

Tai-zong: juan 33.4b-5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 10, page 0582/83

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Preferred form of citation for this entry:

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/yong-le/year-2-month-8-day-1, accessed September 23, 2019