from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • In Pinyin Peng·hu (pŭngˈho͞oˈ)Pescadores An island group in Taiwan Strait between the western coast of Taiwan and southwest China. The name, meaning "fishermen's islands,” was given to the group by the Portuguese in the 16th century. Ceded to Japan in 1895 and returned to China after World War II, the islands have been administered by Taiwan since 1949.


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  • At break of day we saw the islands which we have called the Pescadores, lying six miles to the eastward; whilst those which had risen on our horizon the preceding evening had wholly disappeared.

    A New Voyage Round the World, in the years 1823, 24, 25, and 26, Vol. 2

  • Pescadores corajosos subverteram a ideia tradicional de um dia calmo e pacífico de pescaria quando decidiram ir para dentro de águas geladas do Alaska infestadas de tubarões num kayak e com canas de pesca.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Over the last ten days invasion fleets for Guam, the Philippines, Thailand and Malaya had all left the Inland Sea for their jump-off points in the Bonin Islands, Pescadores and Palau Islands.

    Sealing Their Fate

  • DURING THE PREVIOUS month, the peace treaty ending World War II with Japan had finally been signed in San Francisco by forty-eight countries,* but it was not until the end of April 1953 that the Nationalists and Japanese came to an agreement under which the latter renounced title to Taiwan and the Pescadores Islands, thus officially ending the world war.

    The Last Empress

  • But having learned his lesson in Manchuria, Chiang soon gave up all his other territory except the Pescadores and the islands of Quemoy and Matsu off the coast of Fukien.

    The Last Empress

  • This raised anxieties among the legislators during the Legislative Yuan interpellations on the Taipei Treaty who bluntly demanded to know: “What is the status of Formosa and the Pescadores?”

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • In the San Francisco Peace Treaty, Article 4b clearly states that the US military government has final disposition rights over "Formosa and the Pescadores."

    Lin Trial Transcripts: Does the US have sovereignty over Taiwan?

  • The fact that "Taiwan is not a country" is easily seen when you examine the subject of diplomatic relations for the areas of "Formosa and the Pescadores," aka "Taiwan".

    Lin Trial Transcripts: Does the US have sovereignty over Taiwan?

  • I think of Taiwan's mainland as the big island as opposed to Turtle island, Lanyu, or the Pescadores.

    Odds and Ends for Friday

  • Although the ROC was not a party to the San Francisco Treaty, the ROC signed a separate “Treaty of Peace” with Japan in Taipei on April 28, 1952, which simply “recognized” that “Japan has renounced all right, title and claim to Taiwan (Formosa) and Penghu (the Pescadores).”

    Archive 2009-05-01


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