In the history of the mainland, the Wokou have repeatedly harassed the coastal areas of the mainland, posing a serious threat to the local residents.
Strangely, the Wokou were domineering during the Ming Dynasty, but suddenly disappeared in the Qing Dynasty.
In fact, the invasion of the Wokou was closely related to the economic development policy of the coastal areas of the Ming Dynasty.
During the Ming Dynasty, the coastal areas of the mainland prospered and traded with Japan.
However, due to the Japanese government's strict ban on maritime trade, many traders are unable to enter and exit the coastline through legal means.
In pursuit of profit, some people take the risky route of importing goods from China's coastal cities.
Japanese merchants knew that every trip entailed great risk, so they hired a large number of their native samurai to protect their safety.
After a long time, these people began to think crookedly. At that time, the Japanese handicraft industry was at the peak of development, and there was a shortage of raw materials such as cotton in China, which needed to be imported from China.
Some businessmen have found that smuggling is risky, but it can be more profitable.
By smuggling imported raw materials such as cotton, these risky merchants not only satisfied Japan's domestic needs, but also made ill-gotten gains.
Due to the connivance adopted by the Ming government, the problem of the Wokou gradually intensified.
In the Qing Dynasty, due to the unification of the country, the activities of the Wokou gradually stopped, which was also an important reason for the disappearance of the Wokou in the Qing Dynasty.
. The Japanese had pirate ambitions, and this idea gradually penetrated the entire society, even affecting Japanese statisticians.
As a result, relations between Japan and China have evolved from honest friendship to pirate-like cooperation.
At the end of the Yuan Dynasty on the mainland, due to internal and external troubles in the country, it was unable to govern the coastal areas, which provided opportunities for the Wokou to develop and grow.
It became a major scourge. When fighting Zhang Shicheng, Zhang Shicheng chose to cooperate with the Wokou for the sake of his own glory and wealth, in an attempt to gather Southeast Asian forces and overthrow Zhu Yuanzhang.
However, at that time, Wokou and Zhang Shicheng had limited strength and could not compete with Zhu Yuanzhang's regular army, so they constantly harassed the coastal residents, burned and looted, and would leave immediately after spending their wealth. This behavior does cause a lot of distress to coastal areas.
Although Zhu Yuanzhang was indignant about this, because the country had not yet been completely unified, he could only choose to endure.
After the establishment of the Ming Dynasty, in order to recuperate and prevent foreign invasion, Zhu Yuanzhang ordered a ban on shipping and blocked the coastline.
Therefore, in the early days of the Ming Dynasty, we could not see the figure of the Wokou.
However, as the situation of the Ming Dynasty gradually stabilized, by the time of Zhu Di, Zheng He's voyage to the West officially opened the Ming Dynasty's door to the world, strengthening the maritime trade between the mainland and other countries.
At the same time, this also gave the wokou an opportunity.
In the thousands of wars between the Ming Dynasty and the Japanese Wakou, the Wakou were defeated almost every time.
Although the Ming Dynasty gradually declined, the famous anti-Yan general Qi Jiguang was still able to defeat the Wokou under extremely difficult conditions, making the Wokou fearful.
During the Qing Dynasty, why did the Wokou disappear? The answer is not complicated.
The stability of the Japanese regime and the stability of the Qing government allowed the two governments to reach a trade agreement.
In this way, there is no need for the bonobos to obtain benefits through illegal means.
Just as relations between nations are based on interests, so are relationships between people.
If both parties can maintain a stable and mutually beneficial relationship, then the cooperation will be more pleasant and successful.
Conversely, if the relationship is in a state of turmoil and instability, cooperation is difficult to achieve.
Of course, there were many other factors in history, such as internal strife among the Wokou, corruption in the Qing government, and so on.
These factors also had a certain impact on the activities of the Wokou.
However, if only political and economic factors are considered, it can be assumed that the disappearance of the Wakou was due to the trade agreement between Japan and the Qing government.