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British and French forces occupy the strategic Chinese island of Chusan

China, 1857, zoomable map
04/21/1860
Following the renewal of hostilities in the Second Opium War between Britain and France and the Chinese, two thousand British and five hundred French troops occupied the strategic island of Chusan (now Zhoushan) in preparation for an advance on Beijing.  Allied forces reached the city in October 1860 and the war came to an end.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
 Frank Sanello and W. Travis Hanes III, The Opium Wars: the Addiction of One Empire and the Corruption of Another (Naperville,IL: Sourcebooks, Inc., 2002), 247.

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