Editor says, what if Hans Putmans had rethought his strategy? muses Jeff Provine on This Day in Alternate History Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Jeff Provine Blog thread.
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Editor says, in reality Putmans' fleet met with that of Zheng Zhilong and was destroyed. Zheng ordered his crews to focus on the more threatening Dutch ships and, once those were defeated, to mop up the rest of the pirate menace. Three Dutch ships were lost, forcing Putmans to retreat and surrender the strait to Chinese control. He continued his governorship of Formosa, developing the island at the cost of native lives. Zheng, meanwhile, gained enormous wealth from his victory and would gain further wealth by switching allegiances to the Manchu in 1646. He would later be executed by the Qing. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.