South East Asia 1871 CE

European power is growing in South East Asia.

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What is happening in South East Asia in 1871CE

Increasing European power

Over the past few decades, European power has become much more in evidence in South East Asia. The Dutch have established their domination throughout the Indonesian archipelago, though they as yet do not directly control some of the islands. In Vietnam, the French have conquered much of the south of the country. Thailand, whilst retaining its borders largely intact, has had to give up much of its independence in a series of unequal treaties with western powers.

Chinese migration

In another development of great importance to the region, thousands of Chinese have poured into South East Asia from their troubled homeland, settling mainly in the British-controlled Malay peninsula (especially the commercial center of Singapore), and the Indonesian islands.

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