Pirates in the Wather of Macao (1854 - 1935)
PIRATES IN THE WATERS OF MACAO (1854-1935) intends to be more than an exhibition of documents on a theme that has always captured the interest of a wide audience.
The word “pirate” conjures up a whole imagination of adventures, romances, cruelties and barbarities. It is a set of social representations cultivated fundamentally by literature and the film industry. However, as we move away from imagination and choose to do a deeper study, we quickly realize that we are facing a particularly complex subject.
For this reason, PIRATES IN THE WATERS OF MACAO (1854-1935) is a project that aims, on one hand, to encourage interest in the study and investigation of this subject as a multidimensional historic issue involving geopolitical, diplomatic, economic and social aspects, and on the other hand, to make known a particularly rich collection of documentation preserved in the Archives of Macao (AM).
There are 6 topics organized to constitute Part I of this catalogue and some documents from the exhibition are presented here to serve further research on the subject.
Part II of this catalogue presents records in AM which are identified to be directly related to the issue of piracy in Macao and its neighbouring waters and territories, from which documents featured in the exhibition are selected.