Conflicts between New and Old Powers
The Dutch occupation of southern Taiwan affected local trading activities, especially for the Han Chinese and Japanese merchants. In 1628, a trade dispute over taxation broke out between the Dutch officials stationed in Taiwan and Japanese merchants. This resulted in the Japanese merchant Hamada Jahei holding the Dutch official Pieter Nuyts hostage during the negotiation process, and forcing the captive to sign a treaty in exchange for his release. This incident forced the Dutch to cease their trading activities on Hirado, Japan, until 1632.