This land deed was written in the eighteenth century by aborigines from the village of Mattau (麻豆), using Roman characters that Dutch missionaries taught to their ancestors in the 1600s. There are numerous examples of such land deeds, some of which date into the nineteenth century. Photograph by the author. The original is found in the museum of the Koxinga Ancestral Shrine in Tainan City (民族文物館, 延平君王祠).

From How Taiwan became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han colonization in the seventeenth century by Tonio Andrade

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  • Asian: China and Inner Asia
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  • Eighteenth-Century Aboriginal Land Deed in Roman Characters This land deed was written in the eighteenth century by aborigines from the village of Mattau (麻豆), using Roman characters that Dutch missionaries taught to their ancestors in the 1600s. There are numerous examples of such land deeds, some of which date into the nineteenth century. Photograph by the author. The original is found in the museum of the Koxinga Ancestral Shrine in Tainan City (民族文物館, 延平君王祠).