Maps and Atlases

Map of Taiwan

Hand scroll. Ink and colour on paper sketched in Qianlong Period (undated, 1787 or earlier), Qing Dynasty.

This undated map of Taiwan in hand scroll format is one of the earliest surviving hand-painted maps of the island. The scroll begins with the southernmost point of Taiwan and terminates with the northern end, covering a distance of approximately 400 km. The land is depicted on the upper portion of the map and water is shown below. The numerous artillery stations and barracks represented on the island suggest that this map may have been used for military purposes.