Shanghai traded with Britain in the 19th century
Mary Evans Picture Library
1849 The French establish their own settlement along Huangpu River.
1851-4 The Taiping Rebellion rages across China, and Chinese residents pour into Shang-
1850s Shanghai's boisterous Golden Age begins, and it becomes one of the fastest-growing
and most famous cities on earth. It is rife with crime, but rich in opportunity for both Chinese
1864 Decisive Taiping rebellion is quelled by Qing forces.
1895 Following China's defeat in the Sino-Japanese War, the Treaty of Shimonoseki allows
the Japanese to set up factories in Shanghai as well as other treaty port cities. Other foreign
powers follow suit.