Macau being a coastal area had fishermen, boat makers and refuges. Several dynasties ruled Macau, out of which the Qin Dynasty and Ming Dynasty were dominant. In the 16th century, the Portuguese came to Macau with a view to trade. They anchored their ships in Macau and soon got permission to build storage houses in Macau.
To increase their stay, the Portuguese started paying heavy rent in form of silver.
Soon, the Chinese started looking at the Portuguese with contempt. In spite of problems, the Portuguese persisted in Macau.
By the 1840s, the Portuguese succeeded in making Macau a self-administered land in order to continue efficient trade. The Dutch started making vain attempts to invade Macau and after the Battle of Macau, the Portuguese retaliated to these attacks and maintained their stay in Macau.
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