The first Europeans to visit Vietnam are Portuguese sailors in search of trade.
Vietnam is ruled in the south by the nguyen lords and in the south by the tranh lords.
During World War II Japanese forces invade Vietnam. Vietnam is ruled by the Japanese until 1945.
France regains control of vietnam at the end of world war II.
The north Vietnam forces want to make all of Vietnam a communist state.
Foreign investment (Dio moi) helps Vietnams economy strengthen.