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3.9.08

1899 Map of Japan from the Cram Atlas (USA)

Although I have already reported about this map before, as the islands in the Sea of Japan seem to be painted in the same colour as Japan (Izumo) and Korea - http://dokdo-or-takeshima.blogspot.com/2008/06/1899-american-map-of-japan-and-1894.html, I got another print of the same map recently and found that the colour of the islands are different from the colour of Korea.

This is a map of Japan from the Cram Atlas which was published in Chicago, Ill, USA in 1899. It bears Taka Isl (which is Argonaut island), Matsu Isl (Ulleungdo) and Liancourt Rocks in the Sea of Japan as usual. And these islands are all painted in light green - the same colour as Oki Is of Japan. The colour of Korea may looks similar but it was different - the latter was printed in longitudinal line while the former was not. [I'm afraid the difference may be hard to recognise on the screen but it is obvious when you look at the real map with a magnifying glass.]



This is another evidence that USA thought that Liancourt Rocks were Japanese territory in 1899 - just one year before the proclamation of the 1900 Korean Edict, that mentioned Seokdo.

[Above is the area of Izumo, Japan. The left is the area of Korea. ]

4 comments:

  1. Thanks, pacifist

    I finally got to recognize the "longitudinal line " you mention. So there are no longitudinal line on Takeshima/Liancourt Rocs as well as Oki, right?

    Good job !

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  2. Thank you Kaneganese.

    As far as I have seen the western maps which were made in the 1880's-1890's, almpost all of them depicted Liancourt Rocks as Japanese territory. At least, NONE of them depicted the rocks to be Korean territory.

    If Korean Empire really recognised the rocks to be Korean territory, why didn't they claim the western map makers before they proclaimed the Edict to incorporate the rocks?

    In the circumstances that the world recognised the rocks NOT to be Korean territory, could they really incorporate the rocks into one of their counties?

    Considering the eastern end of Korean Empire written in various geographic books and maps, it is almost impossible to say that Seokdo in the 1900 Edict was Dokdo (Liancourt Rocks).

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  3. So you've posted an American map that wrongfully shows.

    a. A non-existent island called Argonaut as Japanese land.

    b. An indisputably Korean island (Ulleungdo) as Japanese land.

    c. Liancourt Rocks as Japanese land dispite the fact all of Japan's own maps from this era excluded the island.

    This map isn't worth the paper its printed on Pacifist. It's way off geographically and politically.

    Garbage in, Garbage out.

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  4. All the western maps from the 1880's and 1890's didn't show that Liancourt Rocks belonged to Korea, not al all.

    I only showed you a fact.

    The world, especially the western countries, who had the best technology in navigation and geography thought that the rocks were not Korean territory.

    This is a fact.

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