Chambers' Edinburgh Review
No. 145, Nov 8, 1834
The Loo-Chooans

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1834 - Journal Article, Loo-Chooans
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Chambers, William (Editor):
The Loo-Chooans, an article published in Chambers' Edinburgh Journal, Edinburgh, November 8, 1834, Whole No. 145, 4to (9 x 13 in - 23 x 33 cm), 3 columns, pages 327-8. This article is actually based on the narratives of Hall and Mac Leod, published some 16 years earlier. It conveys a extremely favorable view of Okinawa based on the narratives. For example the article starts off:

Nether the beauty of the scenery nor the remarkable fineness of the delicious climate of Loo-Choo, are, however so worthy of our observation as the singularly mild manners and virtuous dispositions of its inhabitants....

It seems rather strange that after 16 years, the narratives of Hall and Mac Leod's visit to Okinawa would generate this journal article. Perhaps the article was in response to renewed interest in the country as the report of a British trade mission to China lead by Hugh Hamilton Lindsay was published that same year. That report included accounts of a visit to Okinawa. In addition, three years earlier the British explorer Beechey published an account of his visit to Okinawa. While neither of these are cited in the article, I believe they probably increased interest in the United Kingdom regarding the exotic Loo Choo islands which had received so much attention from the British voyages of discovery and exploration.

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