Episode 12 – Foundation & Empire

After the Dutch were forced off the Penghu Islands (Pescadores), they established themselves on Taiwan’s southwest coast. The Chinese authorities were happy with this, as the Dutch were now outside of Chinese territory.
The Dutch would continue to try open trade negotiations with the Chinese. They also began to explore their new surroundings, getting into conflicts with locals, while also making new friends. They were expanding their empire – but what exactly is an empire?

Bilingual Bible, with Dutch on one side and the Sinkan language on the other, printed in Amsterdam in 1661.

The Alliance of Throne and Altar
For those interested in learning more about the connection between organised religion and governmental control, take a listen to this podcast from Prof. C.J.

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