By Monique Avakian
Utilizing a large association of visible instruments, this atlas deals an in depth evaluation of the reports and critical occasions surrounding american citizens of Asian descent. lengthy ignored typically experiences, Asian-American historical past assets were scarce. that includes distinctive maps and authoritative textual content, this e-book tells the tale of now not one crew of individuals yet many. pictures, line graphs, charts, chronologies, field positive aspects, and maps aid discover the cultural, historic, political, and social background of Asian american citizens. insurance additionally profiles key occasions and concerns of their homelands, specifically these components that motivated their flow to the U.S..
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Despite knowledge of such gruesome tragedies as the 1846 Donner Party expedition, in which members of a group of pioneers stranded in the High Sierras took to cannibalism in order to survive, Central Pacific’s greedy managers still sent the Chinese into the vicious mountain winter of the Sierra Nevada. That winter, the entire construction site was covered by roofs and walls of snow. The workers lived, laid track, and slept in the deep tunnels they dug under the 40-foot snowdrifts. At times, snow slides buried entire work crews and camps.
Further rebellions would follow in later years at an increasing rate. In addition to Spanish competition, Portugal faced stiff competition for the Asian spice trade from France, England, and the Netherlands by the late 1500s. The northern European countries knew that by conquering or bypassing a few key ports, they could break Portuguese control of the spice trade. The Dutch acted first. In 1595, they sent a fleet to explore the East Indies. Seven years later, they formed the Dutch East India Company, which financed many trading expeditions.
As can be seen from the map above, progress on the Central Pacific’s construction was quite painstaking. settling internal disputes among Chinese Americans and operated its own police force. Community representatives worked with the white business community to further Chinese business interests. And in the area of legal defense, the Six Companies hired white lawyers to challenge unjust laws and negotiate better treatment for Chinese in the courts. In return for these services, the Six Companies collected membership fees, imposed taxes to support programs, and installed systematic checks at docks to make sure departing Chinese paid their debts before leaving.
Atlas of Asian-American History (Facts on File Library of American History) by Monique Avakian