Yong-le: Year 7, Month 9, Day 1
9 Oct 1409
On this day, the Ying-guo Duke Zhang Fu, regional commander of Jiao-zhi, defeated the bandit follower Deng Jing-yi at Tai-ping Sea-port. At the time, Jing-yi was operating to and from this port, engaging in attacks and plunder, and thus Fu advanced troops to eliminate him. First, the troops met bandit patrol boats which they pursued and caught and then killed all aboard. They proceeded further and then in the distance saw over 300 of the bandit boats moored on the Southern bank of Hai-zhou. With all speed the Commissioners Fang Zheng and Li Long went to attack them. The bandits divided their force of ships and half were sent against the approaching adversary. The Imperial forces advanced with a great roar. Arrows and stones were loosed against them but they valiantly continued straight ahead. They then locked ships with the bandits and the short swords flashed in battle. The bandits were greatly defeated and over 500 heads were taken. The number who drowned was inestimable and over 300 men were captured alive. The remaining ships did not fight on and dispersed. Fan Bi-li, the false senior general of Ning Guard, was captured, but Jing-yi just managed to slip away.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 12, page 1268