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MAGAZINE. THE SUBJUGATION OF COCHIN-CHINA* The subjugation of
Cochin-China by the French has not attracted the attention in this
country which the magnitude of the enterprise, the difficulties
overcome, the results arrived at, and the promises held out to the
future, entitle it. The great nations of the East have, from
physical peculiarities of climate, always grouped themselves along
the valleys of their larger rivers. It was so on the Nile and the
Euphrates--on the Indus and the Ganges--and it is so from the
Irawaddy to the Yang-tse-Kiang. Siam is on one river, Cambojia and
Lower Cochin-China on another, and the nomenclature of the latter
great stream, as well as the distribution of the various
branches--which, with their great tributaries, go to constitute its
vast delta, comprising five distinct provinces--have assumed a
totally new aspect under the scientific explorations of the French.
Never were there countries more abundantly watered than those of
which Saigon, My-tho, Bien-hoa, Vinh-Long, and Angiang, constitute
the capital cities. This abundant irrigation may not be favourable
to health in European constitutions, but it is unquestionably a
source of infinite fertility, facilitating at the same time
communication, and holding out unbounded promises of wealth in the
development of these natural advantages under a firm and
enlightened government. The peace of Pekin left a large French
force--naval and military-- available in the Eastern seas for any
project, and the one that was at once adopted was, in the words of
the historian of the expedition, "to aim a blow at Cochin-China
which should ensure our dominion over that portion of Asia."
Vice-Admiral Charner was appointed to the command of the
expeditionary forces with plenipotentiary powers. He could make
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