Photos of The Steampunk Opium Wars

Commissioner Lin Zexu

Hugo Trebels Lin Zexu steampunk opium wars

Commissioner Lin Zexu arrives in Canton

For decades, the British merchants — first the East India Company, and then the collected narco-capitalists — have smuggled cheap mass-produced Bengal-grown opium into China. In 1838, the Emperor sends Commissioner Lin Zexu to Canton to enforce the ban on the drug.

Photo by Jan Jefferies (c) Anna Chen 2012

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