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History Notes Indochina The French ruled Vietnam but allowed the emperors to remain as a figurehead He ruled the country as far as when things interfered with the French then he was censored He was effectively a puppet of the French The Frenchs police force was called gendarmerie Bao Dai was Vietnams last emperor he cooperated with the French and became a Francophile - accepted the French culture The French were in Vietnam to exploit human and natural resources The French educated and setup French schools for the Vietnamese The Vietnamese who collaborated with the French were called nguoi phan quoc traitors Boa Dai could never escape this label The French heavily exploited the land of alcohol salt opium and rice and used Vietnamese to harvest it all they were known as coolies Ho Chi Minh born in 1890 lead a revolution against the French He was primarily a nationalist but later saw communism as a way to free his people from French grip Ho studied in Russia and France and joined communist parties He later setup Indochinese Communist Party ICP in 1930 The Japanese took over Vietnam in 1940 French were allowed to stay but did not have any power at all The Japanese had control from 1940-1945 In 1941 Ho created the Viet Minh which was a new revolutionary movement and had many branches one of which was a military wing Ho stressed that every Vietnamese person regardless of ages sex was vital to the success of the revolution Hos propaganda teams built up huge support and these people became the People Army In 1945 the Japanese left Vietnam I 1945 Ho met with Americas CIA They made an agreement that the US would train them and the Vietminh would try locate shot down pilots and gather intelligence on the Japs Once the Japs surrendered Ho encouraged his people to create chaos in Vietnam
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