The Colonial Grid

in Korea

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226753645
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226753669 | DOI:
The Colonial Grid

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This chapter discusses how Japanese mapmakers incorporated Korea, which was surveyed as a form of geographical intelligence gathering, especially to take an inventory of the nation's stock of land and resources. The Japanese colonial government wanted both to tax land and to control it. Almost 40 percent of arable land was taken over by the colonial government, and much of it was assigned to Japanese development companies at low prices. The mappings gave a firmer basis for Japanese control over the land and resource base of Korea.

Keywords: Japanese maps; cartography; mapmakers; colonial government

Chapter.  2850 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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