Asians and Europeans in Taiwan

Asians and Europeans in Taiwan

Map:Asians and Europeans in Taiwan
During the early 16th century, after the Europeans had opened up trading channels to the region, Portugal, Spain and the Netherlands arrived in East Asia. Taiwan, which is situated on the midpoint of the Western Pacific north-south route, became the center of attention among the Europeans. Together with the Han Chinese and Japanese already active in these waters, Taiwan suddenly became the stage for many exchanges between Eastern and Western cultures. Dongfan, Keelungshan, Beigang, Formosa, Hermosa, Tijouan and Takasago are the various names that were used by different countries to describe Taiwan during this period.

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