Friday, January 24, 2014

History of Macau

Macau is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Macau became a colony of the Portuguese empire in 1557. It was lent to the Portugal as a trading post but remained under Chinese authority and sovereignty. Self administration was next achieved in the 1840s. WhenQing dynasty China and Portugal signed the Sino-Portuguese Treaty of Peking in 1885, the treaty terms made Macau a Portuguese territory again until 1999, when it was handed over to China. Macau was the last extant European territory in continental (on-shore) Asia.