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Fort Zeelandia

Listed under Forts and Fortifications in Taiwan.

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The Dutch East India Company built this fort over a ten year period beginning in 1624, finding the perfect spot for it on a sandy peninsular off the coast of Tainan which allowed them easy access to the open ocean. Three walls were built with stone brought from Java with large platforms in each corner to get the best range for their weapons. The Dutch holed up in the fort for nine months while the Chinese tried to expel them from Taiwan and finally surrendered in February 1662 when they ran low on fresh water supplies - the fort wasn’t in the perfect position for water and it had to be shipped across from the mainland. As well as the fort the community of buildings linked by disorganised roads and alleys is a fascinating place for a wander.

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