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Fort Provintia (Chihkan Tower)
Coordinates: 22°59′51″N 120°12′10.12″E / 22.99750°N 120.2028111°E
Fort Provintia or Providentia was a Dutch outpost on Formosa at a site now located in the West Central District of Tainan in Taiwan. It was built in 1653 during their colonization of Taiwan. The fort was surrendered to Koxinga and later destroyed by an earthquake in the 19th century. It was rebuilt as Sakam or Chihkan Tower ( Chinese: , 赤 崁 樓 p Chìkǎnlóu, w Ch'ih 4- k'an 3 Lou 2; Hokkien: poj Chhiah-khám-lâu) afterwards. Its name derives from the Taiwanese aboriginal village recorded by the Dutch as "Chaccam," "Sakam," "Zaccam," etc. [1 ]
In addition to the site's architectural and artistic significance, its library of dictionaries and business transactions documents the
Siraya language spoken by the native inhabitants of the region during Dutch rule.
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^ also written as "Scakam," "Sacam," "Saccam," "Sakkam"
the entrance of the Chihkan Tower
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A statue near Fort Provintia showing a scene from the Dutch surrender to
Statue of God of Literature