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Tabula geographica imperii anamitici 1838
1media/Tabula geographica imperii anamitici 1838_thumb.png2020-07-28T14:34:54-04:00Michitake Asoc957806dd05559bbe07c540e9ab4cd46aae194d3357Indochina Map with Red River Delta Provinces pngplain2020-09-09T14:08:13-04:00Vietnam National Library.1838Michitake AsoMA-0016Kandra Polatis4decfc04157f6073c75cc53dcab9d25e87c02133
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12020-07-28T09:41:20-04:00Vietnamese Geobody20Background Information for northern Vietnamplain2021-08-14T14:46:40-04:00Michitake AsoAfter the Nguyen dynasty (est. 1802) founded their Vietnamese empire in Hue, the Red River Delta became one of two rice baskets (the other being the Mekong Delta) sitting at the end of a long pole. Thus, the Red River Delta, and northern Vietnam, were incorporated into a Vietnamese national space, or geobody, that deemphasized the delta's ties with southern China clear in borderland and Sinosphere geographies. Another result of establishing the Nguyen dynasty in Hue was the demotion of Hanoi, and its accompanying markets, to regional significance. A representation of this national space is the following excerpt from a 1838 map. In this partial reproduction, northern Vietnam is at the top and Hue is at the bottom. This map uses the derogative "An Nam" or pacified south, rather than the names "Đại Nam" or "Yuë Nan" as mentioned in the page on the Red River Delta in the Sinosphere. It is possible that this map's European makers did not appreciate the different implications of these terms.
Look at any map of Vietnam today and you'll see a representation of northern Vietnam in an S-shaped view of national space.