COCHINCHINA CAM­PAIGN

History of War - - SECOND FRENCH EMPIRE -

A Franco-span­ish ex­pe­di­tionary force launches an at­tack against the Nguyen dy­nasty in Viet­nam. Although the cam­paign ini­tially has small puni­tive aims, the French turn their of­fen­sive into a war of con­quest. Saigon is cap­tured and a colony is es­tab­lished, which be­gins a cen­tury of French colo­nial dom­i­nance in Viet­nam.

French war­ships cap­ture Saigon after a two-year siege. The vic­tory is of great strate­gic im­por­tance and paves the way for the con­quest of Cochinchina

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