Boxer Rebellion

By: Avery Woodward,Ricky Hutchinson,Skylar Powers, Bre Bass

Introduction to The Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion included the China and Great Britain.The reason the Boxer Rebellion started was because China and Great Britain both wanted the same land. So therefore the fighting became known as the Boxer Rebellion.

During the Boxer Rebellion

Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, and Russia all claimed exclusive trading rights in different parts of china. They were dividing china into What they called the “sphere of influence”. There were rebels or “boxers” referred to by the westerners. In 1900, in what became known as the boxer rebellion, also known as the Yihetuan Movement, Which was a chinese secret organization called the society of the Righteous and Harmonious. they first led an uprising in Northern China against the spread of western and japanese influence. On June 20, 1900, the Boxers began a siege of Beijing’s foreign legation district. From June to August the boxers besieged the foreign district of Beijing “China's capital” until an international force “that included American troops” subdued the uprising in China. On August 14, after fighting its way through northern China, an international force of approximately 20,000 troops from eight nations (Austria-Hungary, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) arrived to take Beijing and rescue the foreigners and Chinese Christians. In 1900, the Boxer movement spread to the Beijing area, where the Boxers killed Chinese christians and christian missionaries, destroyed churches, railroad stations, and other property. By some estimates, several hundred foreigners and several thousand Chinese Christians were killed during this time. Qing Empress Dowager Tz'u Hsi (or Cixi, 1835-1908) declared a war on all foreign nations with diplomatic ties in China. The rebels performed calisthenics rituals and martial arts that they believed would give them the ability to withstand bullets and other forms of attack. Westerners referred to these rituals as shadow boxing, leading to the boxers nickname. This was a very violent anti-foreign and anti-christian

The Ending of the Boxer Rebellion

The Boxer Rebellion ended formally ended with the signing Boxer Protoccl on September 7, 1901.