Commerce, Culture, and Conflict: Taiwan Under European Rule, 1623--1662

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At the beginning of the 1600s, Taiwan was a sylvan backwater, sparsely inhabited by headhunters and visited mainly by pirates and fishermen. By the end of the century it was home to more than a hundred thousand Chinese colonists, who grew rice and sugar for export on world markets. This book examines this remarkable transformation. Drawing primarily on Dutch, Spanish, and Chinese sources, it argues that, paradoxically, it was Europeans who started the large scale Chinese colonization of the island: the Spanish, who had a ...

Commerce, Culture, and Conflict: Taiwan Under European Rule, 1623--1662 2008, Columbia University Press

ISBN-13: 9780231503686

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