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A Brief Journey through Tainanfu, Lugang, and Bangkah

Taiwan has been an important stronghold in the Pacific Ocean since the Age of Discovery. Tainanfu, Lugang, and Bangkah were three critical commercial port cities that played a crucial role in the trading history of Taiwan. These three cities witnessed Taiwan’s involvement in the international trade zone and symbolized its busy business activities starting in the seventeenth century. This article investigates records created by a Qing official Shen Bao-zhen, the Hsu family enterprise in Lugang, and the Chen family enterprise in Nagasaki to illustrate the rich history of these three port cities.

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IV. Conclusion

Through viewing the precious historic materials left by the Qing official Shen Bao-zhen, the Hsu family enterprise Qian-he hao in Lugang, and the Chen family enterprise Tai-yi Hou in Nagasaki, we can glimpse the old capital of Tainanfu starting in the seventh century; the prosperous city of Lugang, which traded with Quanzhou, busy business center Bangkah which traded with Xiamen and Nagasaki. Tainanfu, Lugang and Bangkah not only witness the history of economic development in Taiwan, but also reflect Taiwan’s crucial role in East Asia.


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