In the 17th century, the place was named Soulang after one of the four subtribes of the local Siraya aborigines. Soulang was a village of about 1,500 inhabitants about 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Fort Zeelandia, and became a station of the Dutch East India Company. It later became the Chinese market-town called Siau-lang (Chinese: 蕭瓏 / 蕭隴 / 蕭壟; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Siau-lang / Siau-lâng).
- Andrade, Tonio (2005). "Chapter 3: Pax Hollandica". How Taiwan Became Chinese: Dutch, Spanish, and Han Colonization in the Seventeenth Century. Columbia University Press. §1-3.
- Campbell, William (1903). "Explanatory Notes". Formosa under the Dutch: described from contemporary records, with explanatory notes and a bibliography of the island. London: Kegan Paul. p. 547. OCLC 644323041.
- "Entry #40235 (蕭壟)". 臺灣閩南語常用詞辭典 [Dictionary of Frequently-Used Taiwan Minnan] (in Chinese and Hokkien). Ministry of Education, R.O.C. 2011.
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