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Hong Kong (CNN) The 1857 trial of American pirate Eli Boggs in Hong Kong was a riveting affair, filled with tales of plunder, kidnapping and murder on the high seas.

That probe became one of Hong Kong’s earliest major corruption scandals involving official wrongdoing.

While the Caldwell affair and Boggs’ role in it forced the colonial government to acknowledge the scourge of piracy, piracy itself was not new.

A year later, Anstey left Hong Kong for BombaySir John Bowring.

Though his revelations were still upending in Hong Kong politics, Boggs was long gone by that point.

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