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Dokdo Existed Even on Old Maps![Teacher Notes]


These maps are important clues as to how people in the corresponding periods viewed the world. Historically, Korea’s ancestors produced maps that included territorial information. In the event of a territorial dispute with another country, these maps were valuable reference materials for conflict resolution.

Dokdo in maps from the early Joseon period


“Map of the Eight Provinces,” from New and Expanded Complete Conspectus of the Territory of the Eastern Country“Map of the Eight Provinces,” from New and Expanded Complete Conspectus of the Territory of the Eastern Country was completed in 1531. This is the oldest known extant map produced by woodblock printing.
Dokdo is marked as Usando in the seas east of Gangwon-do. Dokdo was clearly identified as Korean territory even in the Joseon period.
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Discovery Learning 1
1. Describe how Dokdo’s location and shape are different from the location and shape in modern maps.[Answer]
 

 
Teacher Notes
A map is a visual representation of natural and human elements in a given space. It contains information about the geography and territory of a country. Old maps, in particular, reflect the level of scientific knowledge, mapping technology, and the artistic expression of the period in which they were compiled.The maps issued by the government are the most direct and clear presentations of a country’s territories. Old maps produced by individuals are reliable sources of such information, as well.
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Answer
Dokdo is marked as Usando in the sea east of Gangwon-do in “Map of the Eight Provinces,” in New and Expanded Complete Conspectus of the Territory of the Eastern Country, which wascompleted in 1531. Usando is shown as an oblong shape and located west of Ulleungdo. Ulleungdo and Dokdo’s locations are switched in this map. Although the locations are switched, this government map includes both islands and clearly shows that they are part of Korea.
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