|National Museum of Taiwan History: Ilha Formosa!|
In the 16th century, after passing Taiwan and seeing the greenness of luxuriant forests on the island, the Portuguese sailors first exclaimed, “Ilha Formosa!” which means beautiful island. For centuries thereafter, the Europeans, Americans and Japanese all came to this beautiful island for missionary, expedition, trade and colonial activities.
“Sail to the East,” “Journals of Formosa,” “Foreigners on Formosa,” and “Foreigners Here and Now” are the 4 sections of a video produced by the National Museum of Taiwan History. The video presents images of Taiwan in the foreign eyes from the 16th through the 20th century. A link to the video is provided below.