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From Strangers To Overlords

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Strangers again loomed on the horizon. In October 1623, after exploring the Bay of Tayouan, Commander Cornelis Reyersen decided to build a fortification on the southern side of the entrance to the bay. The Formosan perspective of 'we' and 'they' was not based simply on the racial contrast between 'the Formosan' and 'the Dutch', but to a great extent followed traditional conceptual categories founded on independent units which formulated a real world between war and peace. This prelude to Dutch colonization in Formosa gives a first, prophetic glimpse of the tangled relationship between the Dutch, the Chinese, and the Formosans the three main agents in Formosa in the seventeenth century.

Keywords: Chinese; Commander Cornelis Reyersen; Dutch Formosa; Strangers



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