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Taiwan in the Chinese Imagination, 17th-19th Centuries

  title={Taiwan in the Chinese Imagination, 17th-19th Centuries},
  author={Emma J. Teng},
Yu Yonghe’s wish came true at last in 1697, when he volunteered for an expedition to Taiwan to obtain sulfur, a vital strategic item used to manufacture gunpowder. Friends and associates warned him against the voyage: the Taiwan Strait was perilous, filled with obstacles such as the notorious “Black Water Ditch,” which had capsized countless junks; Taiwan itself was a dangerous place, a mountainous jungle inhabited by “savages” and rife with deadly tropical diseases. Travelers told stories of… 
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