|Chronological list of Wars and Campaigns|
|Location: Macao, China|
|East India Company: Bengal||The "French"|
|Category: Napoleonic War|
Seeing it as disrespectful, the Chinese objected and stopped trading with the East India Company. With no credible French threat to Macau, and not wishing to upset relations with China, the British withdrew and returned to India.
The East India Company's tea exports from Canton - up river from Macau - were economically too valuable to lose (at this time the only tea came from China).
Major Thomas Mathias Weguelin of the Bengal European Regiment led the expedition, a local rank of Colonel was awarded to him for the expedition, to ensure rank seniority to any Portugese troops encountered. Then Colonel Weguelin, he participated in the Battle of Mauritius 1810-12 - the defence of another Portugese interest, serving as the Commissariat General.
- Bengal European Regiment: 200 rank and file
- Volunteer Battalion: 650 Bengal flintlocks
- European Artillery: 100 including eight 18-pounders, four 12-pounders, two 8 inch mortars
- HM 30th Foot: 2 companies
Departed: June & July 1809 from Madras and Calcutta
Arrived Macau: 11 September and 20th October 1809
Departed Macau: 23 December 1809
Returned to Bengal: Feb 1809
Macao Expedition Google Books