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Yong-le: Year 6, Month 3, Day 11

7 Apr 1408

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Huang Fu, minister in charge of the affairs of the Jiao-zhi Provincial Administration Commission, advised that when Jiao-zhi was first pacified, the land taxes were not uniform. He requested that consideration be given to fixing a system by which the taxes could be set. The Emperor said: "When appointing prefectural and county officials in Jiao-zhi, I have repeatedly instructed them that administrative measures should be liberal and simple, so as to comfort the newly-dependent people. There should not be heavy taxes. Heavy taxes are a whip which drives people away. Fu's proposal is a good one and accords with my will." Accordingly, the officials of the Ministry of Revenue were ordered to deliberate on and fix a system which was light in its demands.

Tai-zong: juan 77.2a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 1043

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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-6-month-3-day-11, accessed October 23, 2019