recovery of Taiwan opened a wider door for the islanders
Very soon, Ming Dynasty had fallen and taken over by Chin Dynasty. While
his father surrendered to the new regime, Cheng Chen-Kung rejected the
new emperor¡¦s tempting offers and was determined to bring back Ming
Dynasty. Since then,
Cheng¡¦s military forces had had fought with Chin soldiers frequently.
As he was just thinking about coming and taking over Taiwan as
his new home base, the Dutch official interpreter, Ho Bin, went to
Hsiamen and met Cheng. Ho described in detail the beauty of Formosa to
Cheng and gave him a map of the island as well; Cheng was deeply,
greatly moved! He then led four hundred battle ships and twenty-five
thousand soldiers departing from Liao-Lo Bay heading for Taiwan. As
Cheng¡¦s army came on shore, both sides were engaged in a fierce fight. Cheng then came up with a new strategy ¡V to surround the
¡¨Redhaired City,¡¨ namely the region where the Dutch lived, from the
sea, so as to cut off food supplies and military supplies for the Dutch.
Cheng sent his representatives to the Dutch camps and induced the Dutch
to surrender, promising them that he will not kill the captives but to
send them back safe and sound, under the condition that the Dutch must
withdraw its troops and leave the island forever. The Dutch agreed.
From then on, Taiwan is in the hands of its people.
Those who came with Cheng
Chen-Kung were from various provinces on the mainland; besides soldiers,
there were also many from the academic circles.
These scholars attributed much to the island¡¦s first stage
planning of its education, trades and other fields.