Muong Thanh Valley
The Mường Thanh Valley is a valley located in the Điện Biên district of Northwestern Vietnam. The valley is approximately 12 miles long by 3 miles wide. A heart-shaped basin, the valley is surrounded by a region filled with jungles, rice paddies, and lakes. Located within the Muong Thanh Valley is the city of Dien Bien Phu. The capital of Dien Bien Province, Dien Bien Phu is famous for being the site of a long battle between French and Vietnamese forces between March and May 1954.
... Due to its proximity to supply routes from China, the Muong Thanh Valley region was vital to the survival and support of the Viet Minh ... also had around 100,000 transport workers in the Muong Thanh Valley area bringing in Chinese aid ... The Viet Minh had artillery posts and troops set up throughout the valley and were able to continuously assault the French ...
... Due to its location along the border with Laos and near the border with China, the Muong Thanh Valley and the surrounding region has had a long history of invasions and political change ... Three hundred years later the Muong Thanh Valley came under the occupation of the Phe people from Laos ... Until French rule began, the inhabitants of the Muong Thanh Valley and many of Vietnam's other highland minority groups were quite isolated from the lowland populations ...
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