The Conquest of Taiwan: Battle for the Penghu Islands
Utagawa Kokunimasa (Japanese, 1874 – 1944)
DimensionsImage : 14 x 28 in. (35.56 x 71.12 cm)
Each : 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.56 x 23.5 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelThe Penghu Islands are a group of small islands in the Taiwan Straits between mainland China and the larger island of Taiwan. In March 1895, Japanese naval forces attacked Chinese cities and military forts on several of the Penghu Islands. With the islands and surrounding ocean under their control, the Japanese were well positioned to demand sovereignty over Taiwan as part of the deal to end the Sino-Japanese War. Japan successfully occupied Taiwan later in 1895 and maintained control of the island until the end of World War II in 1945.