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In Colbert opened a trading centre at Surat, and then at Pondicherry, and later extended business to Tenasserim and Bengal. The first French ship to reach Siam was in — the French bishops having travelled overland. In the same year the British East India Company asked for an agreement by the King of Siam that his country would buy a given quantity of goods annually. He refused, and the English traders again abandoned their posts.
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It was also during the reign of Phra Narai that one of the strangest figures in Siamese history came to power. Constantin Phaulkon was a Greek, born in As a boy he joined the crew of a British ship and found employment with the East India Company. It was in the company of one of its agents, Richard Burnaby, that he first arrived in Siam where he was engaged in trading projects until he entered the service of the barkalon. He was granted extensive powers by the king, although he was never in fact made barkalon, and foreign visitors soon realized that the only way to make any headway in Siam was by currying favour with him.
The English alone were slow to realize this, to their cost ; nor had the King of England followed Louis XIV's example of sending a letter of introduction to the King of Siam, an unfortunate omission, and perhaps another reason why the English traders made so little progress. She sent more ambassadors to France in , accompanied by the P. With him were two other members of the Missions Jean Basset who went on to China in , and Etienne Manuel, both of whom were making the journey for the first time 3.
Six Jesuit mathematicians accompanied Choisy and Chaumont to Siam. The P. They reached Peking in February where Fontaney, by his scientific knowledge, won the Emperor's favour and helped to cure him of an illness. In gratitude the Emperor gave the society a house in , and some land in In addition to the various clerics, there were also several on board, of whom the most important was the chevalier de Forbin, who had a long and varied military career.
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After his adven- tures in Siam, where he worked as an engineer in Bangkok, and defended. Of this odd collection of people, Choisy was not the only one to leave an account of the journey. Gatty, draws several parallels with Tachard's Voyage. Michault's assertion in this work that Choisy merely copied seems totally unfouded. Certain, but not ail, of the extracts which Michault gives from Gerbillon correspond to the respective passages in Choisy, but only in so far as their content is concerned, and others deal with material that Choisy does not even mention.
On the other hand, certain passages of Gerbillon's Relation correspond word for word with u. It was he who accompanied two Siamese envoys to France in , and who had a private meeting with the P. He was convinced of the utility of sending en embassy to Siam as soon as possible, and put forward the conversion of the monarch as a prime reason for this move — the first time a full-scale embassy was sent to an Eastern monarch by the King of France. The interest of ail the parties concerned was obvious. The King was prepared to make some concessions to Christianity with this end in view, but certainly never intended to be converted himself.
He presented the letter to the King, and pronounced a harangue ; he also signed a treaty with Monsieur Constance which gave Christians in Siam certain assurances of freedom of speech and conscience Journal, p.
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It is clear as to who had made the better bargain In addition to this, however, the P. By the agreement that they made, Phaulkon was to give the French military positions in return for soldiers and ships The embassy, far from working as one, was split at times into small groups of individual negotiators, and even Choisy was involved in some pri- vate discussions with Constance. Other remarks too show that Choisy was clutching at straws, and reporting any statement made by the King that could possibly be interpreted in a Christian context.
On several occasions in his Journal Choisy mentions discussions that he had with M. He realizes eventually that " C'est Monsieur Constance qui fait tout " and is impressed by the minister's efficiency, but is limited as to what he can reveal. Constance is an enigmatic and complex figure, capable and scheming. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Edinburgh Review; Inventory No: Price; Editor Geoffrey L. Price; Editor B.
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