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Old August 21, 2012, 10:56 AM   #12
Mike Irwin
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The French were involved, and established in, Asia LONG before they consolidated the three Vietnamese provinces into Indochina in 1887..

While the term colony might not be correct to refer to their activities, it does, for all intents and purposes, cover the reality of French activities there from the 1830s onwards.
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