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Yong-le: Year 5, Month 1, Day 14

21 Feb 1407

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On this day, the Xin-cheng Marquis Zhang Fu, regional commander of the force sent on expedition to punish Annam, the Xi-ping Marquis Mu Sheng, deputy general of the left and others, defeated the Li bandits at Mu-wan River. Previously, Fu had received intelligence that bandit boats were coming and going on the Fu-liang River, 20-plus li down-river from Jiao-zhou. It was also said that [Li] Ji-li, his son Cheng and others had gathered boats on the Huang River and other places and that they had led their troops to the Mu-wan River. Sheng and the Feng-cheng Marquis and Assistant Commander Li Bin led the infantry and cavalry and advanced on boats along the Fu-liang River. When they arrived at the Lu River, the Li bandits, with over 500 boats, attacked our army. Fu then advanced against them on both land and by water. The Commissioner Liu Sheng and others attacked and the bandit's boats ran into the shallows in confusion. There they were greatly defeated. Over 100 of the bandit's boats were captured and Ruan Lei and Ruan Lie, sons of the bandit general Ruan Ren, were killed. Over 10,000 heads were taken and over 100 prisoners captured, including the bandit generals Huang Shi-gang, Tong Wen-jie, Feng Zong-shi, Mo Tie, Fan Xie and Ruan Li. All the prisoners were beheaded. Those who drowned were beyond count. At this time, Mo Sui, a person from Nan-ce Subprefecture and others who had long resented the Li bandits, had led 10,000 native troops in joining the expedition and they realized repeated achievements in their actions.

Tai-zong: juan 63.2a-b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 0903/04

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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-5-month-1-day-14, accessed October 17, 2019