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The Junction of East- and West-Bound Sea Routes

The Junction of East- and West-Bound Sea Routes

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In the 17th century, after the Dutch arrived in Asia, they actively developed trade with China and Japan. However, due to China's restrictions on such business, the Dutch had to adopt Taiwan as the base of their operations, which significantly increased the strategic and economic value of the island. At the same time, another European sea power, Spain, crossed the Pacific into Asia via Mexico, and stationed itself in northern Taiwan, which it used as a base for its own trade efforts. These two European nations came to Taiwan from different directions, converging on the island and transforming it in a key point in global shipping routes.

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