Taku Fort, China, 1860

Taku Fort, China, 1860
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Taku Fort, China, 1860.

Photograph, 2nd China War (1857-1860), 1860.

The failure of the Chinese to adhere to the full terms of the Treaty of Nanking (1842), and interference with British commercial shipping, led to the despatch of a punitive force in 1857. Canton was captured in January 1858, and the Treaty of Tientsin signed on 20 May 1858, brought hostilities to a close. However, a further show of force was thought to be necessary in 1860, during which the Taku Forts were occupied on 12 August.

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