China of the American imagination: The influence of trade on US portrayals of China, 1820 to 1850

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Abstract

In the 1830s, a young girl named Caroline Howard King made numerous visits to the East India Marine Society in Salem, Massachusetts. Since Salem was a thriving center of maritime commerce, ships departed daily for destinations all over the world. When sea captains returned home bearing artifacts, they deposited these in the Society's museum-East India Marine Hall. The collection was especially strong in artifacts from China, India, the East Indies, and the Pacific Islands. The hall provided visitors with an intriguing way to experience Asia without venturing far from home.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNarratives of Free Trade and the Commercial Cultures of Early American Chinese Relations
PublisherHong Kong University Press, HKU
Pages57-82
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9789888083534
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

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    Haddad, J. R. (2011). China of the American imagination: The influence of trade on US portrayals of China, 1820 to 1850. In Narratives of Free Trade and the Commercial Cultures of Early American Chinese Relations (pp. 57-82). Hong Kong University Press, HKU.