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Conquest, Contest, And Connection

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Since the fifteenth century, Spanish global expansion had provided a textbook example of the pursuit of gold. The Dutch conquest of Spanish Formosa in the north of the island turned a new page in the history of gold exploration. It allowed the Dutch to explore gold sites from Quelang and Tamsuy to the east via Cavalangh. In their eagerness to acquire gold, the Dutch authorities pacified Formosan tribal villages in order to link Tayouan with the remote north-east, paying particular attention to the mysterious gold village, Taraboan. However, the painstaking search proved fruitless when the Dutch finally unveiled the truth about Taraboan. Urging the Tayouan authorities to come down to earth and face reality, the Gentlemen Seventeen stressed that: 'The Company's true silver-and gold-mine is the China and Japan trade'.

Keywords: Cavalangh; Dutch conquest; Favorlanghers; Quataongh; Spanish Formosa; Taraboan

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