A brief history of Vietnam
Vietnam is a country with the 13th largest population in the world at approximately 91.5 million people. The country has a long history, which can be traced back to the first dynasty that ruled the region from 2879 BC to 258 BC. In 111 BC China conquered the country and ruled the region on-and-off for about 1000 years. Vietnam achieved independence from China in 938 AD, although China took the country again for about 20 years in the 1400′s. The next challenge came from France in 1859 and by 1885 the entire country became a part of the French empire. World War II saw the French surrender the country to Japan, but after the war had ended they wanted it back. This led to the First Indochina War, which ended in 1954 with the French removed but the country split into North and South Vietnam. Tension and fighting between the two countries eventually led to the Vietnam War. Today, Vietnam is a unified country and has one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Let’s take a closer look at where Vietnam is located in the world.
Where is Vietnam located?
The country is located on the eastern side of the Indochina Peninsula, which is found in Southeast Asia. Vietnam shares a border with 3 other countries and is located south of China, southeast of Laos and northeast of Cambodia. The South China Sea, part of the Pacific Ocean, is directly to the east of the country. The following map shows the location of Vietnam (in white) with the surrounding countries also marked.