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Tambralinga’s Long Thirteenth Century and the Southeast Asian Commercial Boom

Tambralinga’s Long Thirteenth Century and the Southeast Asian Commercial Boom

By Fukami Sumio

XIV International Economic History Congress (2006)

Introduction: My present research focus is the reconstruction of the history of the Strait of Malacca region prior to the establishment of the Kingdom of Melaka (Malacca) in approximately 1400. Chinese texts are the most useful tools for this task. References to a country named “Sanfoqi” appear in Chinese records from the early Song period down to the early Ming (the first mention is in a late Tang text of 904). To fit in with the frame of this session, Asian seaborne trade 10th~13th centuries, this paper will focus primarily on the Sanfoqi region.

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