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Formosa, located in the western Pacific Ocean off the coast of China, is the main island associated with Taiwan.

Valentyn, 1724

Map of Formosa, with the map oriented with north to the left. The Piscadore Islands are located below (to the west of) the island of Formosa.


Stocklein, 1728

Although published after the preceding map, this map of Formosa is based on earlier maps. This includes a well-defined western coastline, but no real eastern coastline. The line on the right indicates eastern extent of control of the Chinese emperor, in the middle of the mountains.

Bellin, 1764

Map of the island of Formosa, with the Piscadore Islands shown to the west.