Dutch Formosa

Het Eyland Formosa

Het Eyland Formosa

This awesome postcard showing a Dutch map of the island of Formosa and the islands of Pescadores (now Penghu County) came to me all the way from Paoli in Taipei. The map is presumably of the Dutch period of ruling Formosa between 1624 & 1662. I cannot say that before I received this postcard I had ever heard of Formosa but let’s just say that the Republic of China, Chinese Taipei or more commonly, Taiwan, now has yet another name in my mind. It truly is amazing how much one can learn about the world through postcards! Thank you Paoli!