Taipa Island

Week 16: Island History

The Taipa-Coloane History museum is set a short walk from the casinos and located in a former Portuguese administrative building. A very small museum, it provided for a short diversion. While the museum includes some coins, pottery, and other pieces recovered from nearby archeological digs the majority of the pieces kept in the museum are either models or date from the mid-20th century. This is not surprising, as with much of China, the many historical artifacts have not been preserved or have feel victim to the societal emphasis on rapid development. The historical narrative of the islands of Taipa and Coloane is somewhat different than that of the Macau peninsula, with both islands being incorporated under Portuguese rule later than Macau. Economically, agriculture and fishing were the staples of the two island societies before they were urbanized. Moreover, into the 20th century the less developed Coloane was an important hideout for bandits and pirates.

A bell from from a Chinese temple on Coloane Island. The placard referred to it as “ancient”, though the bell itself dates from 1785.

Religious artifacts from the Catholic Church on Taipa.

A gunpowder grinder from the early 20th century.

Agricultural artifacts and a shellfish trap.

A model of a marketplace.