History of Vietnam
What makes Vietnam popular among the tourists from all over the world is its rich history. Get to know more about the history of Vietnam during Sightseeing in Vietnam. History of Vietnam dates back more than 4,000 years, however, the reliable source for Vietnam's history dates back to around 2,700 years. Whenever one talks of the history of Vietnam, the first word to come in mind is 'War', how let's explore with Indochina Legend.
Known as America's longest war, the 'Vietnam War' was a military struggle fought in Vietnam from 1959 to 1975. The main cause for the Vietnam War was the failure of Vietnamese nationalists, to gain control of southern Vietnam during the struggle for independence from France in the First Indochina War (1946 - 1954). After claiming more than 2.5 million Southeast Asian lives, the Vietnam War finally ended on 30th April 1975 with the fall of the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon to North Vietnamese forces. History of Vietnam cannot be accounted without mentioning this terrible war of Vietnam.
Other major historical events in the history of Vietnam include 'The Geneva Peace Accords' that was signed by France and Vietnam during the summer of 1954 that resulted in the strains of the international cold war. Then there was 'The War in America' when Washington moved a limited war in Vietnam but this war was soon called off due to lack of volunteers.
Coming to the origin of the name of the country there is no doubt that the name 'Vietnam' conjures up haunting images of war in some remote corner of Southeast Asia. But reality is something else, the name Vietnam means the Viets of the South (Nam) or the south populated by the Viet the main ethnic group in Vietnam. It was the Chinese Emperor of the times, who gave this name to this historical country.
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