Date: November 3, 2015
NMTH gives historic take on Taiwan mapsThe Atlas of the Chinese Empire, made by the
French Jesuit Joseph de Mailla in 1714, is on display during the Taiwan Map Festival at the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan City. (Courtesy of NMTH)
The Taiwan Map Festival is currently underway at the National Museum of Taiwan History in Tainan City, marking the fourth anniversary of the institution by offering public access to a treasure-trove of geographic and historical documents pertaining to the island of Taiwan.
Comprising classical, general, single and thematic atlases, the 20-plus maps may date back to as early as the 16th century. These include maps fashioned by mariners, merchants and missionaries from England, France and the Netherlands.
“We hope the wealth of topographical charts and diagrams will trigger exhibition-goers’ interest, and further spur them to consider the lives of those who lived long ago and reflect on the relationship between people and this beautiful land,” the Ministry of Culture said. [FULL STORY]