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Formosa is Taiwan in daily language even today in Europe. Portuguese reached Japan in the 1540s. So I guess at least in the end of 1500s the island was known and called $B!H(BFormosa$B!I(B in Europe. Therefore the word Formosa for Taiwan must have been used much longer than the word $B!H(BTaiwan$B!I(B for the island.
According to Japanese books; Formosa means beautiful in Portuguese. I have had always a feeling of wrongness that a Portuguese sailor shouted $B!H(BBeautiful Island$B!I(B from the top of the mast. From Portugal to Taiwan was a long journey. The sailing boat passed the continent of Africa, Indian Peninsula, Thailand, Cambodia and Java; innumerous coasts, scenery and ports.
After a long dangerous journey, the scenery of lands must always be beautiful. Besides, $B!H(BBeautiful Island$B!I(B couldn$B!G(Bt be a sailor$B!G(Bs words. $B!H(BFormosa$B!I(B in today$B!G(Bs Portuguese and other Latin languages means rich curvy and beautiful. Audrey Hepburn couldn$B!G(Bt be $B!H(BFormosa$B!I(B but Marilyn Monroe was. I imagine that the sailor shouted $B!H(BThat$B!G(Bs my girl!$B!I(B.
Taiwan is in length 400km, in width 150km and its area is 36,000km2. There are 165 mountains, 275 peaks higher than 3,000m. A silhouette appearing from the horizon with many 3,000 meter mountains; this was fresh new scenery reminding $B!H(BVoluptuous woman$B!I(B.
In Taiwan, there are many picturesque places, many beautiful buildings with rich history and many museums. But none of them is registered as world heritage by UNESCO. Because Taiwan is not a member of UN. Today, in our world, there are so many groups of people having their own culture, language and defined living area but not admitted as independent nations. These people in these areas are dissatisfied that lead to domestic and international conflicts, often brutal bloody ones. $B!H(BUkraine$B!I(B, $B!H(BNorth Ireland$B!I(B, $B!H(BThe Kurds$B!I(B, $B!H(BBasque$B!I(B and $B!H(BTibet$B!I(B, we know many examples.
Our world is structured after politics and economics. But in reality politics dance after the directions of economics. The world of economics has no national border. The big enterprise must be multinational, global. The distribution is very fast crossing national borders. The density of information network is high. The huge amount of information can reach to the all corners of the world instantly. The economic fluctuations are without time lag over the world. The history of our world is developing fast. Those who are left behind the times are the concept of $B!H(BNation and Border$B!I(B and also old politicians, bureaucrats and army generals.