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Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-PacificThe Southwest Pacific and Oceanian Regions$
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Maria Cruz Berrocal and Cheng-hwa Tsang

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813054759

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813054759.001.0001

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Island Taiwan in the Seventeenth Century

Island Taiwan in the Seventeenth Century

A Historiographical Overview

Chapter:
(p.244) 10 Island Taiwan in the Seventeenth Century
Source:
Historical Archaeology of Early Modern Colonialism in Asia-Pacific
Author(s):

Ann Heylen

Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813054759.003.0010

This chapter opens with a historical setting for the sixteenth and seventeenth century development of the main island of Taiwan and its offshore islands. Attention is paid to the settlement patterns of the Austronesian speaking indigenes, the arrival of Chinese migrants, and the European presence of the Spanish and Dutch. Its main thrust is to situate this history within the broader time frame of the age of discovery and European overseas expansion history from a transnational perspective. This perspective is primarily established through an overview of the academic traditions and directions in research topics that feature the seventeenth century history of Taiwan. Sourcing the indigenous past alludes to post-event Eurocentric interpretations and legacies of intercultural contact. Furthermore, the chapter provides a brief discussion of the current accessible historical materials and its geographical localizations.

Keywords:   Austronesian, Taiwan, Chinese, European expansion, Historiography

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