By Grant Evans
A good written account the way it all occurred and the way and why Laos was once the catalyst for the the US Viet Nam struggle.
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Of course, physical differences and differences of everyday practice were observed and curiously noted, even among the Buddhists themselves, but they seemed to give rise to few ethnic generalisations. The appearance of Europeans in this world simply added another group to be incorporated into the status structure of the society. Hierarchies of merit and spiritual power in Buddhist polities did not require that the elite think of themselves as being made of the same stuff as their subjects. Nevertheless, kingdoms such as that of Ayudhya were increasingly encountering merchants and missionaries from across the seas who trafficked in general categories, such as Siamese or Chinese, and in this contrastive way they began to see themselves as such.
I shall proceed to the round up of about 10,000 men and their families which shall total about 50,000 in all . . With regard to cannons and guns we have thus far captured, they are of the most obsolete types and are not worth the effort to carry them to our capital . 3 The commander left a small contingent in Vientiane ‘to run the affairs and to prevent any possible dispute among the various princedoms’. Rama III, he who had supported Chao Anou’s son for the position in 28 Laos—PAGES 12/4/02 2:10 PM Page 29 Before Laos Image rights unavailable Ruins of the Vat Phra Keo, the temple of the Emerald Buddha, some 70 years after the sacking of Vientiane by Siam in 1827.
In 1887, however, they made the mistake of carrying off to Bangkok the sons of Deo Van Tri, the leader of the Sip Song Chu Tai. The latter retaliated by marching on Luang Phrabang with his Haw allies and sacking the city. The ignominious flight of the Siamese commissioner and his garrison demonstrated the relative weakness of Siamese power in the region. The aged king of Luang Phrabang fled alongside the French vice-consul, Auguste Pavie, bearer of a new form of overarching order and protection.