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6 Subduing and Civilizing the Yao

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Thousands of "Yao Shunan bandits", to borrow the label commonly employed by representatives of the Ming state, perished during campaigns, and just as is the case for the peaceful settlement of unrest in Tianzhou and Sien, there is a great deal of material concerning these, as well as Wang Yangming's recommendations for maintaining security in the region and advancing the cause of civilization. Wang also referred to massive campaigns led by Censor-in-Chief Han Yong 韓雍 (1422-1478), explaining that during the reign of the Tianshun emperor, Han commanded two hundred thousand soldiers and came to pacify Guangdong and Guangxi, thereafter destroying their lairs and haunts. It was also in Guangzhou that Wang Yangming would compose some of his last letters before heading north to Nan'an Jiangxi, where he would pass away on January 1, 1529.

Keywords: Guangdong; Guangxi; Guangzhou; Han Yong; Nan'an Jiangxi; Sien; Tianshun emperor; Tianzhou; Wang Yangming; Yao Shunan bandits



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