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Yong-le: Year 4, Month 7, Day 13

27 Jul 1406

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Instructions were issued to the Cheng-guo Duke Zhu Neng, regional commander for the expedition being sent to punish Annam. The instructions read: "It has been heard that, although the weather in Annam is hot, after midnight it becomes very cool. If one lacks covering, it is very easy to fall ill. The winter months are also cold and fires are necessary. The army should prepare wadded clothing. Also the man are skilled in poisoning. The soldiers should sink wells for drinking water and slaughter their own food."

Tai-zong: juan 56.5a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 829

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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/yong-le/year-4-month-7-day-13, accessed November 17, 2018