Colonisation Of Hong Kong! By Shamron Singh and Tony Gao, 9.3
1. Background of the indigenous population:
· When the Hong Kong was claimed on 26 January 1841 By the British, the population of Hong Kong island was about 7,450, mostly Tanka fishermen and Hakka charcoal burners living in a number of coastal villages.
· The indigenous population of Hong Kong when they were first settled lived on the coast, fishing for a living.
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2. How was Hong Kong Colonised?
The Colonisation of Hong Kong was a peaceful one. No blood was spilled when it took place, because the people who were colonising offered a better life to the indigenous population and also allowed the indigenous population to keep their traditions and culture.
3. What was the policy of the treatment of the Indigenous population?
· Western influence in China came about at the beginning of the 15th and 16th centuries because of the increased trade in Chinese products, like silk and tea through the Silk Road that continued from north-western China to Eastern Europe.
· On January 26, 1841, the British flag was raised at Possession Point on Hong Kong Island, and British occupation began. A few months later, officials were selling plots of land and the colonization of Hong Kong took flight.
· In August 1842, the Chinese yielded and the two governments signed the Treaty of Nanjing, which officially gave Hong Kong to the British.
· In the 1850s large numbers of Chinese would emigrate from China to Hong Kong to escape catastrophic events such as typhoons, floods and famine.
· The colonization of Hong Kong made the British wealthy and the indigenous population also reaped the benefits of their newfound wealth
4. What impact has colonisation had on Hong Kong?
·external image hong-kong-flag.gif Hong Kong inaugurated Sir Henry Pottinger as its first governor in August 1841. Despite British cynicism, Pottinger dedicated his time to building up Hong Kong's future as he realized its potential.
· Hong Kong carried on to progress as a port and under British influences; it became one of the greatest port cities the world has ever seen.
· With the involvement of the British, Hong Kong prospered. Many companies transferred from Guangzhou to Hong Kong, enabling the British colony to begin a prime Asian entrepot.external image hongkong1.jpg
· The colonisation of Hong Kong positively affected Hong Kong.
5. What is Hong Kong like today?
· Hong Kong today is city that is very far into the future. Elevated escalators, flashing neon and 7500 skyscrapers show the raw modernisation of this city.
· Massive in scale, Hong Kong has some of the biggest malls in the world, filled with every type of consumer good under the sun. Capitalism and consumerism drive the city, and to see it work you have to see the malls

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