Longevity Hill, Beijing, China 1871.
01. China: A New History (April 30, 2006); John King Fairbank; Belknap Press
02. The Conjectural Maverick, Maverick Trails
03. Maverick, The Wrecker (1957), Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Asian empire ruled by the Qing Dynasty in the 19th century (1644 – 1912).
Named in early Hindu Sanskrit in the 5th century BCE after the Qin (pronounced "chin") Dynasty, the first imperial dynasty of ancient China.
The Wrecker: In December of 1871 in San Francisco, Bret Maverick bid on the shipwreck of the Flying Scud for salvage, listed at auction as carrying a shipment of rice and fine silk from the Orient. Expecting to win the wreck for no more than $300, Bret was surprised as he found himself in a bidding way with Thomas Bellairs. When the bidding reached $5,500, Bret surmised there may have been more on the Flying Scud than rice and silk and, with a war on in China, gold might have been smuggled out of the empire amongst the ship's cargo.
After more than 2000 years under imperial rule, the Qing Dynasty was the last. As As its economy faltered, Empress Xiaodingjing signed papers abdicating the reigning six-year-old emperor. General Yuan Shikai stepped into the vacated leadership role and established the Republic of China in 1912.
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