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First Opium War (1839 - 1842) China, Hong Kong

First Anglo-Chinese war
Also known as: Opium War
Date event started: 0000-00-00
Date event ended: 0000-00-00
Short summary The First Anglo-Chinese War (1839–42), known popularly as the First Opium War or simply the Opium War, was fought between the United Kingdom and the Qing Dynasty of China over their conflicting viewpoints on diplomatic relations, trade, and the administration of justice. Chinese officials wished to control the spread of opium, and confiscated supplies of opium from British traders. The British government, although not officially denying China's right to control imports, objected to this seizure and used its military power to violently enforce redress. In 1842, the Treaty of Nanking—the first of what the Chinese later called the unequal treaties—granted an indemnity to Britain, the opening of five treaty ports, and the cession of Hong Kong Island
Country then: China
Country Now: China, Hong Kong
Event Era: Qing dynasty

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