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Yong-le: Year 5, Month 5, Day 11

16 Jun 1407

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On this day, the Imperial force sent on expedition to punish Annam captured the leader of the rebels Li Ji-li and his son Cheng. Previously, the Xin-cheng Marquis Zhang Fu, regional commander of the force, had pursued the bandits to Shi-que Shallows at Dian-shi (?典 ) Estuary. It had long been fine weather and the river was low. Thus, the bandits abandoned their boats and fled. When the Imperial troops arrived, it began to rain heavily. The river thus rose several chi and the boats were able to pass. The troops cried joyfully: "Heaven has assisted the Imperial army." Fu then led foot soldiers and cavalry to Cha-long. When the boat-borne army arrived, Ruan Jin, a false "Four-Supports" governor (四輔) came to surrender and said that the Li bandits had gone to Yi-an. Thus, it was ordered that the Assistant Commissioner-in-chief Liu Sheng lead the boat-borne force forward, while Fu and the Xi-ping Marquis and deputy general of the left Mu Sheng would advance along the Ju-jue River. When they reached Qi-luo Sea-port in Ri-nan Subprefecture, Sheng killed many of the bandits and captured over 300 boats. The remaining bandits fled. Taking advantage of the victory, Fu and the others pursued the bandits, while Sheng led his troops further beyond Qi-luo Sea-port. Wang Zi-hu, a soldier from the Yong-ding Guard and others, a total of seven persons, then came across the bandits. The bandits were distressed and defeated and their cohorts had all disappeared. Zi-hu and the others captured 10 people alive including the leader of the bandits Li Ji-li and Li Bao-bao. The son Cheng was captured in the hills around the sea-port.

Tai-zong: juan 67.1b-2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 0936/37

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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-5-day-11, accessed December 06, 2019