Freemasons in China: the Portuguese link


This paper advances a new light on the arrival of Freemasonry to China. Normally that event is explained by the arrival of the British to the Chinese East Coast and by the outcome of the two Opium Wars. The author explores an alternative path of the Masonic entrance in China by looking to Macau and to the documented arrival of a ship of the Swedish Company of Eastern India Islands transporting Freemasons with a charter, given by the Grand Royal Lodge of Sweden to held Masonic meetings in any port they board.
A paper by W Bro A.M.A. Gonçalves 30°, Luz do Oriente #80 Lodge, Grand Legal Lodge of Portugal.

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