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Taiwanese Aboriginals originally founded the vibrant city of Keelung in the northeastern part of Taiwan. The port is also known as the “Rainy Port” because of the frequent rainfall in the area.
A Spanish expedition to Formosa (Taiwan) in the early 17th-century was the first contact with the West. The Spanish built “San Salvador de Quelung” meaning “Holy Saviour of Quelung” – a fortress serving as an outpost of the Spanish East Indies. They developed the town to become a military and commercial trading port. Spain ruled until 1642 when The Dutch East India Company ousted them. The Dutch renamed the settlement “Fort Noort-Hollant” and added a small school, a church and a preacher.
Years later the Qing Dynasty conquered the city. They discovered gold and high-quality coal in the region.