Taiwan beginning start way back in 15th century where European sailors passing by record the island’s name as Ilha Formosa, or beautiful island. In 1624,Dutch East India Company establishes a base in southwestern Taiwan, initiating a transformation in aboriginal grain production practices and employing Chinese laborers to work on its rice and sugar plantations. In 1683, Qing dynasty (1644-1912) forces take control of Taiwan’s western and northern coastal areas and declared Taiwan as a province of the Qing Empire in 1885. In 1895, after defeat in the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), the Qing government signs the Treaty of Shimonoseki, by which it cedes sovereignty over Taiwan to Japan, which rules the island until 1945.
Where is Taiwan?
How many people live in Taiwan?
The population of Taiwan is estimated at 23.57 million peoples
What are the most common languages in Taiwan?
Most of Taiwanese speaks Hokkien, a dialect of Chinese language
What is the most common religion in Taiwan?
Buddhism is the most common religion in Taiwan
What is the sport of Taiwan?
The most popular sport in Taiwan by far is baseball
What are some important sites?
- Fort Santo Domingo
Fort Santo Domingo was built in 1629 by the Spanish, although the site has been home to both Dutch and British since. Situated in Xinbei, the fort has been altered by both the Dutch and British, who constructed stone walls and added the British Consulate.
- Liberty Square
The site of Liberty Square consists of the Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall, the National Concert Hall and the National Theatre, which are situated either side of the square.