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Bac Kan

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Country  Vietnam
Population  301,000 (Jul 1, 2012)
Area  131.95 km2

Bac Kan ( listen) is the capital of Bac Kan Province, Vietnam. The provinces only town, it is bordered by Bach Thong District to the north, northeast and west and Cho Moi District to the southeast and southwest.


Map of Bac Kan

The town traces its origins to a fort established in 1880. It is divided into four wards: Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Duc Xuan, Song Cau and Phung Chi Kien, and 4 communes: Huyen Tung, Duong Quang, Nong Thuong, Xuat Hoa.

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Bac Kan in the past, History of Bac Kan

Bac Kan (chu nom: ??) was established as a fort in 1880 for troops of the Nguyen government during the 1878 revolt of Li Yung Choi (Vietnamese: Ly Duong Tai) coincident with the Black Flag Army. Following Lis capture and decapitation, the remains of his group reformed under Liu Zhiping (Vietnamese: Luc Chi Binh) and with 5,000 men attacked the fort defended by 300 Annamite soldiers in 1881.

Bac Kan in the past, History of Bac Kan

The town of Bac Kan was one of the early headquarters of the Viet Minh in the war against the French. Jean-Etienne Valluy aimed to surround the area and capture the town in Operation Lea between 7 October and 22 December 1947. A parachute drop caught the Viet Minh by surprise and seized letters left on the desk of Ho Chi Minh. Both Ho and Vo Nguyen Giap escaped only by hiding in camouflaged holes nearby. It was also an area of fighting between the communists and Viet Nam Quoc Dan Dang armed forces.


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