Through the Course of History: From Zhuluo to Chiayi
Complete Map of Coastal Provinces and Ports
Drawn by Chen Mei(1694-1745)，Qing dynasty Handscroll, Ink and color on silk
This map, in the form of a long handscroll, depicts all the coastal areas including Qiongzhou, Penghu, Taiwan, and eastern Taiwan. At the end of the scroll on the left is a small signature in regular script that reads, “Respectfully submitted by Your Sernvant, Chen Mei.” The map of Taiwan is oriented east at the top and west on the bottom. while the map of eastern Taiwan is oriented west at the top and east on the bottom. There is no textual description accompanying them. In the map of Taiwan, Chiayi county is clearly illustrated, while the map of eastern Taiwan does not include Kavalan District, indicating that the date of making the map is no later than 1812 (Jiaqing 17). The whole map has a bright tone. It gives people a basic understanding of Taiwan's natural environment, human habitation, and administrative establishment around the 19th century.