'Our Great Viet is a country where prosperity abounds, where a civilization reigns supreme' - words of 15th century Vietnamese war hero. Unhappily, Vietnam's subsequent history has been turbulent - a sad story of unrest and foreign interference.
1 Page 1651 dictionary in parallel Latin and Vietnamese. European missionaries arrived in the 17th century persecuted by the Emperors, Europe retaliated.
2 Franco-Spanish force seizes Saigon, 1859. By the 1880's all Vietnam was under French control.
3 French fortress, Da Nang, 1845 (the first recorded photograph of Vietnam).
4 French soldiers dressed for service in Vietnam, 1880's.
5 A French railway track in Cochinchina, 1880's.
The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, 13th March 1953- 7th May 1954.
Ho Chi Minh proved his war mettle to kick out imperialistic west not once but twice, first the French (1954) and then the Americans.