This drawing shows the stone gazebo from which the governor of Formosa presided over the annual landdag ceremonies on Taiwan. He is flanked by his honor guard: two halberdiers and a line of musketeers. The figure standing before him may be an aboriginal elder who has come forward to receive the staff that symbolizes his office as an elder. Detail from Landdag Ceremony on Taiwan, drawing by Caspar Schmalkalden. Used by permission of the Gotha Research Library (Gotha Forschungsbibliotek) (finding aid: Chart. B 533, fos. 288v-299).

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

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  • Dutch Governor at the Landdag, c. 1652 This drawing shows the stone gazebo from which the governor of Formosa presided over the annual landdag ceremonies on Taiwan. He is flanked by his honor guard: two halberdiers and a line of musketeers. The figure standing before him may be an aboriginal elder who has come forward to receive the staff that symbolizes his office as an elder. Detail from Landdag Ceremony on Taiwan, drawing by Caspar Schmalkalden. Used by permission of the Gotha Research Library (Gotha Forschungsbibliotek) (finding aid: Chart. B 533, fos. 288v-299).