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Saigon 1961 - South Vietnam (very rare pictures) 

There are many citations to the birth of Saigon (Sài Gòn) city in Vietnam and the origin of its name. In the 15th century, this area were swamps, marshes and thick forests. By the early 17th century, a small township was formed. According to one theory, Saigon or Sai Con has its root in a Khmer word Prei Kor (Kapok Tree Forest).

The name Saigon was used officially in 1698, when Lord Nguyen Phuc Chu sent Mr. Nguyen Huu Canh to this region to create various districts and to form a government for this southern outpost. Because of its strategic location for trade and commerce as well as military importance, Saigon continued to grow and became a bonafide city. By 1772, Mr. Nguyen Cuu Dam began to fill many of the canals to form streets.

In the mid 19th century, the French with the aid of the Spanish invaded this port city and destroyed the fort. This event was the precursor to the lo



Added: Oct-24-2013 Occurred On: Oct-24-2013
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Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam (load item map)
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