Zheng-tong: Year 9, Month 2, Day 19
8 Mar 1444
Some coastal dwellers from Chao-zhou Prefecture in Guang-dong gathered together vagabonds they had beguiled from neighbouring prefectures and, together, a total of 55 persons, privately went to sea and traded with the country of Java. Twenty-two of these people then revolted and attached their allegiance to Java, while the remainder returned. They again prepared their ship and were about to set out again when the prefect Wang Yuan captured four of these people and advised of the matter. The Emperor ordered the regional inspecting censor and the officers of the provincial surveillance commission to arrest the family heads of those who had not been captured and to examine and judge the accused. If there was evidence to indicate that the accusation was true, the accused were to be firmly fettered and details were to be memorialized, so that arrangements could be made.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 27, page 2278