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Yong-le: Year 5, Month 6, Day 11

15 Jul 1407

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The Jiao-zhou Left and Right Guard military commands and other military commands were established in Jiao-zhi. Imperial orders were sent to the Xin-cheng Marquis Zhang Fu, regional military commander, and the Minister of War Liu Jun as follows: "Establish the Jiao-zhou Left, Right and Central Guards within the city of Jiao-zhi and the Jiao-zhou Forward Guard to the North of the Fu-liang River. Establish guards at Chang River and at Qiu-wen and establish independent battalions at both Shi Bridge and Ai-liu Pass. Shi Bridge will need two battalions to guard it. The Commissioner-in-chief Han Guan has been instructed to supervise the native troops of Guang-xi in transporting the grain necessary for stores. This will only be sufficient for half a year's consumption. You are to have the defending troops sow fields and are to levy grain taxes on natives who are now attached (已附土人). As for the courier posts and strategic points, I have also ordered Han Guan to select boats, horses and men from military guards and offices and from the native offices and to send these at the same time as the grain. Those troops being sent to remain on guard there are as follows: 2,500 Guang-xi troops, 4,750 Guang-dong troops, 6,750 Hu-guang troops, 2,500 Zhe-jiang troops, 1,500 troops from Jiang-xi and the same number from Fu-jian, and 4,000-plus troops from Yun-nan. Local troops are also to be utilized to assist in defence and you are permitted to select and retain officials as appropriate."

Tai-zong: juan 68.8b-9a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 0958/59

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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-6-day-11, accessed September 23, 2019