Typhoon Strikes Formosa, China
In 1602 the Netherlands signed a 21 year contract to the Dutch East Indies Company giving them a monopoly on running the colonies the Netherlands in Pacific Asia. Taito is on the southeast coast of Taiwan facing the Pacific Ocean. It is the county seat of Taitung County, on the island of Taiwan. The Netherlands briefly established a colony in 1624 giving the Dutch East Indies Company a base to harass Spanish and Portuguese interests. In 1661 a naval fleet of 200 ships led by a Ming loyalist Koxinga. He threw the Dutch out and declared himself King of Formosa. Imperial China did not like an independent local power any more than a foreign power. The Dutch licked their woulds and joined with the Qing dynasty to oust Koxinga in 1664. The forces of the Dutch East Indies Company grabbed a little piece of land, held it for 4 years then left Taiwan for good in 1668. Japan’s victory over the Qing Dynasty in the first Sino-Japanese war saw Taiwan ceded to Japan under the Treaty of Shimonoseki in 1895. It is under Japanese control in 1912.