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臺灣外紀   By: (fl. 1692)

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This book provides a fascinating look at the history of Taiwan from the perspective of foreign travelers and scholars. Risheng Jiang does a thorough job of compiling various accounts and observations from visitors to Taiwan over the centuries, offering a unique and insightful glimpse into the island's past. The author's meticulous research and attention to detail make this book an engaging and informative read for anyone interested in Taiwanese history or the impact of foreign influence on the island. Overall, 臺灣外紀 is a valuable resource for understanding Taiwan's complex and dynamic cultural landscape.

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  自序   余歷稽帝業之正,莫如我世祖章皇帝也。世祖當甲申之變,整提一旅,戡亂除奸; 應天順人,承繼大統。以及今上,萬國賓服。惟臺灣鄭氏與二三故老,遵奉舊朔,孤 承海外,恃波濤之險,來往條忽,騷擾邊疆,費朝廷無數金錢,以至遷移五省,屢勤 南顧之憂者四十年。其間英傑沒於王事者,指不勝屈,是殺運之未盡故也。迨至殺運 告終,盛世將見,天必生散金之姚公以撫之。施侯六月興師,果敢在於人謀;一戰決 計,見機體乎天意。遂將臺灣荒服之地,為朝廷收入版圖,四海歸一焉。但成功髻年 儒生,能痛哭知君而舍父,克守臣節,事未可泯。況有故明之嘀寧靖王從容就義,五 姬亦從之死;是臺灣成功之踞,實為寧靖王而踞,亦蜀漢之北地王然。故就其始末, 廣搜輯成。誠閩人說閩事,以應纂修國史者採擇焉。   時康熙四十三年歲次甲申冬至後三日,九閩珠浦東旭氏江日昇謹識於雲陽之寄 軒。

  陳序   余司譯南詔,於康熙四十八年己丑春,獲交珠浦江子東旭,蓋循循然重厚博物君 子也。嗣出其所輯臺灣外志凡十卷,而囑敘於予;予讀其書,起... Continue reading book >>

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