Taiwan Prefecture

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Taiwan Prefecture (Chinese: 臺灣府; pinyin: Táiwān Fǔ) was a prefecture of the Qing dynasty on Taiwan Island.[1] The prefecture was established by the Qing government in 1684.[2] The Taiwan Prefecture Gazetteer (臺灣府志, Tai Wan Fu Zhi)[3] documented it as part of Fujian Province.[4] The Taiwan Prefecture Gazetteer was completed by Gao Gonggan in the 34th year of the reign of Kangxi in 1695.[5]

An administrative change occurred in 1875, when Imperial Commissioner Shen Pao-chen demanded that another prefecture be added in Taiwan to revamp the administrative organization of the northern area of the island.[6] As a result Taipei Prefecture (臺北府 Táiběi Fu) was separated from the original prefecture.

Taiwan, however, did not became a full province until the 1880s.[7] Taiwan Island and the surrounding islands were formally established as Taiwan Province in 1887[citation needed] and Taiwan Prefecture was renamed to Tainan Prefecture (臺南府 Tai Nan Fu) two years later.[8][9] One of the administrators of the Taiwan Prefecture was Raymund Tu, a native priest of Taiwan.[10]

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  9. ^ The Chinese times. 1890. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  10. ^ David, M. D. (1985). Asia and Christianity. Himalaya Pub. House. Retrieved 19 January 2012.