The Republic of China, commonly known as Taiwan is a state in East Asia. It governed all of China before it lost control of the mainland to the ► People's Republic of China (PRC) as a result of the Chinese Civil War which ended in 1949, and since then its administration has been restricted to the island groups of Taiwan (Formosa), the Pescadores, Kinmen, and Matsu. Over subsequent decades, the Republic of China has been commonly referred to as "Taiwan", and since the late 1970s the name "China" has been increasingly used to refer to the People's Republic of China. For political reasons, the Republic of China is commonly referred to as "Chinese Taipei" in international organizations. It has maritime borders with ► Japan and the ► Philippines and it claims the ► Paracel and ► Spratly Islands, which are also claimed by ► the People's Republic of China, ► Vietnam, ► Indonesia, ► Brunei, ► Malaysia, and the ► Philippines.
Republic of China
Independent country, statehood since 1766 BCE, modern state founded 1912, located in Taiwan since 1949. UN member from 1945-1971, recognized by 21 UN members and Holy See.
This section holds a short summary of the history of the area of present-day Taiwan, illustrated with maps, including historical maps of former countries and empires that included present-day Taiwan.
See also: Atlas of China, which includes the history maps of the Republic of China until its retreat on Taiwan
Map of the Japanese Empire (1870-1942)
Movement of the Republic of China to Taiwan Island
This section holds copies of original general maps more than 70 years old.
The first "correct" map of Taiwan in the world, which was drawn by Dutch sailor in 1625 when Taiwan was under the Dutch colonial rule
The Island Formosa and the Pescadores by Johannes Vingboons, ca.1640
Map of Formosa (Taiwan), edited by Reverend William Campbell; taken from the Scottish Geographical Magazine; 1896
Formosa in 1901
Japan and Formosa 1911
Taiwan ethnic map
Notes and references
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