Abstract

The Dutch East India Company exported many deerskins to Japan from its base of operations in Taiwan during the mid-seventeenth century. The accepted wisdom is that this commercial activity led to the extinction of Taiwan's deer population. Analysis of the Company's export data, however, reveals that its system of regulated hunting included a form of wildlife conservation based on self-interest.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1530-9169
Print ISSN
0022-1953
Pages
pp. 185-203
Launched on MUSE
2011-08-06
Open Access
No
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