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Yong-le: Year 6, Month 6, Day 12

5 Jul 1408

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The Minister of Personnel Jian Yi and other ministers of the six ministries memorialized as follows: "The Xin-cheng Marquis Zhang Fu and others have pacified Jiao-zhi and have established a total of 472 military and civilian offices. There is a regional military commission, a provincial administration commission, a provincial surveillance commission, 10 guards, two battalions, 15 prefectures, 41 subprefectures and 208 counties, one maritime trade supervisorate, 100 police offices and 92 commercial tax offices. They have also built walls and moats in 12 cities and pacified 3,120,000-plus people. Further, they have obtained 2,087,500-plus man persons, 13,600,000 shi of grain, 235,900-plus elephants, horses and cattle, 8,677 (Alt: 8,672) ships and 2,539,852 items of military equipment." The Emperor said: "I am the lord of all people under Heaven. Why would I act in a warlike manner in order to obtain some land and people? My concern was that the rebellious bandits not go unpunished and that the suffering people not go unrelieved. Fu and the others were able to carry out my orders. They carried out the plans and fought bravely, capturing and eliminating the chief evil-doers and pacifying the region. Their achievements can be said to be extraordinarily outstanding." Fu stepped from the ranks, kowtowed in gratitude and said: "The success was planned by the Emperor and carried out by the majestic spirits of the nation. What abilities does this simple minister have!" The Emperor replied: "Your contribution to the state will be recorded in the histories and will long be known. Even the the achievements of Ma Fu-po of the Han Dynasty do not exceed yours." Thereupon, the Emperor gave orders to Yi and the others, saying: "You, together with the Ministry of Rites, will deliberate and determine the levels of promotions and rewards for the officers and soldiers. These are to be higher than those conferred for the pacification of Yun-nan."

Tai-zong: juan 80.3b-4a

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 11, page 1070/71

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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-6-day-12, accessed December 11, 2019