Chapter 1 An Overview of Taipei
Taipei was home to the aboriginal Ketagalan tribe more than 300 years ago. During the Ming and Qing Dynasties, development by Han Chinese settlers gradually transformed Taipei into the nexus of Northern Taiwan. The opening of the port of Danshui in the mid -19th century – inspired by growing Western influence in the East – further supported the growth of export and trade at Dadaocheng, and it boosted the local economy, thus laying a solid foundation for Taipei's future development. Taipei has prospered tremendously since the Qing Dynasty, the Japanese Colonial Period, the Retrocession and its elevation to a direct-controlled municipality. Taipei has grown by leaps and bounds in the last forty years, and now ranks among the most thriving international cities in the global community.
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