First Opium War By mat225 Jan 1, 1796 Opium Banned As China became more and more dependent, the demand for opium increased. China's Emperor Kia King bans the importation of opium. Period: Jan 1, 1796 to Aug 29, 1842 First Opium War timespan Jul 2, 1817 Britain finds way to reduce trade deficit In 1817, Britain finds a way to reduce their trade deficit and gain a profit from the India colony, which was already losing money. Britain does this by counter-trading Indian opium. Jan 1, 1839 Lin Zexu Lin Zexu is appointed by the Daoquang emperor as the new governor of Canton. Jul 7, 1839 Kowloon Incident After the Chinese arrested the captain of the Carnatic, a large group of British and American soldiers vandalized a temple in Kowloon and killed a man named Lin Weixi. Nov 3, 1839 Fighting Begins! The Royal Saxon, a British ship, tried to sail to Guangdong after the British blockaded the Pearl River to prohibit further trade. 2 British Navy ships fired a warning shot at the Royal Saxon. Aug 26, 1841 Battle of Amoy British conquer and capture Chinese forts in Amoy and Gulangyu Island. Jul 21, 1842 Battle of Chinkiang Last major battle of the war. Allowed the British to keep moving forward onto their target, Nanking. Aug 29, 1842 Treaty of Nanjing The signing marked the end of the First Opium War. Also known as the First Unequal Treaty.