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First Battle of Taku Forts
Part of the Second Opium War
Taku Gun Platform.jpg
Gun battery at the Taku Forts.
Date May 20, 1858
Location Taku Forts, China
Result Anglo-French victory
United Kingdom United Kingdom
France France
Arms of the Qing Dynasty.svg Qing Dynasty
United Kingdom Rear Admiral Sir Michael Seymour unknown
Casualties and losses
unknown unknown

The First Battle of Taku Forts on May 20, 1858 was an engagement of the Second Opium War. The British and French sent a squadron of gunboats, under Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, to attack China's Taku Forts. The battle ended as an allied success, however the first phase of the Second Opium War would end with the Treaties of Tianjin and the forts were returned to the hands of the Qing Army. Leading to the Second Battle of Taku Forts.

See also


  • Bartlett, Beatrice S. Monarchs and Ministers: The Grand Council in Mid-Ch'ing China, 1723–1820. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1991.
  • Ebrey, Patricia. Chinese Civilization: A Sourcebook. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993.
  • Elliott, Mark C. "The Limits of Tartary: Manchuria in Imperial and National Geographies." Journal of Asian Studies 59 (2000): 603-46.
  • Faure, David. Emperor and Ancestor: State and Lineage in South China. 2007.

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Coordinates: 38°58′29.500″N 117°42′43.800″E / 38.974861°N 117.712167°E / 38.974861; 117.712167


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