The Spaniards in Taiwan

The Spaniards in Taiwan

Map:The Spaniards in Taiwan
In 1571 Spain took control of Manila, in the Philippines, and used it as a base to develop trade in East Asia. In 1626 they then occupied northern Taiwan, and attempted to push out the Dutch. The Spanish only left Taiwan when they were defeated by the Dutch in 1642. Compared to the Dutch operations in Taiwan, the Spanish appeared to be more passive, and although their missionaries may have reached central and eastern Taiwan, they only exerted effective control over Keelung and Tamsui. Moreover, Spanish efforts at trade and missionary work did not leads to any significant results in China and Japan.

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