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Yong-le: Year 12, Month 1, Day 17

7 Feb 1414

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The troops led by the Ying-guo Duke Zhang Fu, regional commander of Jiao-zhi, reached Zha-huang Village in Zheng-he County, Zheng-ping Subprefecture, and there the bandit Commander Hu Tong surrendered. On hearing that Deng Jing-yi and Deng Rong were leading the false "Dragon-Tiger" General Li Chan and others, a total of over 700 persons in fleeing to Kun-pu Ce, situated among the Siamese man (暹蠻), Fu immediately advanced his troops to the Luo-meng River. Here the cliffs were precipitous, but by taking the side-paths and by grasping vines, they could be climbed. Thus, the cavalry horses were left behind and the force advanced with officers and men all on foot. When they reached Kun-pu Ce, it was found that Jing-yi had already fled. They thus pursued him to Zha-pu-na Ce, but again, when they arrived the bandits and the local people had all fled. It was not known where they had gone and thus the troops carried out an extensive search. At the fourth drum of the night, after proceeding over 20 li, the sound of night-watch drums was heard. Fu led the Commander Fang Zheng and others with gagged soldiers towards the sounds and, by the dawn, they had reached the North bank of the river at Zha-pu-gan Ce. The bandits had occupied the Southern bank of the river and had erected stockades. The Imperial army crossed the river, surrounded the bandits and attacked. The bandits were unable to resist. The flying arrows rained on the bandits, and Jing-yi was wounded in the ribs and subsequently captured. Deng Rong fled and Zheng led the troops in pursuit, capturing him and his younger brother Deng Rui (Alt: Deng Yun). All the bandit followers, as well as the false seals of Li Chan and Jing-yi were captured. Jing-yi's injuries were serious and thus he was sliced to death. His encased head was sent with Rong and his brother to the capital. There they were beheaded as a warning.

Tai-zong: juan 147.2a-2b

Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 1727/28

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Geoff Wade, translator, Southeast Asia in the Ming Shi-lu: an open access resource, Singapore: Asia Research Institute and the Singapore E-Press, National University of Singapore, http://www.epress.nus.edu.sg/msl/reign/yong-le/year-12-month-1-day-17, accessed November 18, 2017