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21.10.08

1904 Canadian Business Map of Japan

This is a large 1904 Map of Japan. It is from the Canadian version of Rand McNally Business Atlas. This atlas is very scarce as it was published for the purpose of shippers and businesses to get their goods to markets.


Please notice that the map was published in 1904, just before the incorporation of Liancourt Rocks (Takeshima) to Shimane prefecture of Japan, and four years after the Korean Edict #41. This is just an example of how the people of the world, especially international merchants and businessmen, looked at Japan and the islands in the Sea of Japan in those days.

Liancourt Rocks can be seen as Japanese territory. [Please click the left map to magnify] Also Taka Island (Argonaut island, a phantom island) and Matsu Island (Dagelet island, true Ulleungdo) were shown as Japanese territory. Although Matsu Island (Ulleungdo) was maistakenly depicted as Japanese island, maybe because of its Japanese name, it is important to know that Liancourt Rocks were not recognised as Korean territory. The same goes for many other western maps, I haven't seen a western map at all that depicted Liancourt Rocks to be Korean territory in late 19th century or in early 1900's. It maybe because it was a common sense in the world in those days that Korean eastern limit was Ulleungdo. It was also a common sense to Korean people as various geographical books, including Korean books, show.
So the Korean claim that they had Liancourt Rocks (Dokdo) before Japan's incorporation can't be true. Logical thinking may bring us to the conclusion that Seokdo in the 1900 Edict was not Dokdo.



3 comments:

  1. Pacifist, this map shows this Take Island (non existent Argonaut Island) as Japanese.

    It shows Matsushima (Korea's Ulleungdo) as Japanese.

    It shows Liancourt Rocks as Japanese.

    This map is not an accurate rendering of Japan or Korea from neither a geographic nor political standpoint.

    Us usual it's another garbage in, garbage out post by Pacifist......

    Don't you have any integrity at all?

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  2. Thank you for sharing this interesting Canadian map with us, paifist

    ”Liancourt Rocks”are plotted at the accurate longitude and latitude with it distinctive shape, and a colour of the same as Japan. Those many western maps clearly explain why Japanese around 1905 recognized 竹島/Liancourt Rocks as Japanese territory or the island which no other countries had ever occupied. It is very important for us to collect those maps and analyze what it was like 100 years ago. Apparently, there were no single country, including western countries, Korean and Japan that considered 竹島/Liancourt Rocks as Korean.

    Good job.

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  3. Thanks Kaneganese. We have evidences to show that Korean eastern limit was Ulleungdo, it was a common sense in those days.

    Korean people themselves thought it was a common sense, Steve the frog-legs. We have some information to prove this too, I hope we will be able to show it in the near future.

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