Southeast Asia Timeline

  • Jun 14, 800

    The Emergence of Khmer Civilization

    The Emergence of Khmer Civilization
    The Khmer is the region's most advanced early civilzation. Khmer controlled a large empire that is now Cambodia. Remains of a huge temple called Angkor Wat can be seen today.
  • Jun 13, 1200

    The arrival of the Thais

    The arrival of the Thais
    Thais moved from China and settled in the Khmer area. At the time Buddhism was introduced. That replaced Hinduism.
  • Jun 13, 1500

    colonization of Southeast Asia

    colonization of Southeast Asia
    During this time, Europe started colonizing Southeast Asia. The European powers were led bo Portugal. They originally came in search of spices and other trade goods.
  • Jun 13, 1521

    Ferdinand Magellan's discovery

    Ferdinand Magellan's discovery
    Ferdinand Magellan was the one who reached the Phillipines and claimed them for Spain. After it was claimed to colonize and trade. They also spread Roman Catholicism, which is still there today.
  • arrival of dutch traders

    arrival of dutch traders
    Dutch traders drove the Portugese out of most of the Philippenes. The Portugese kept only the small island of Timor. This allowed the Dutch to take control of the trade routes.
  • the period of French and British colonization

    the period of French and British colonization
    During the1800s, the French and British set up colonies with plantations, railroads, and mines. To work these colonies, many Chinese and Indians moved there. The French and British also took this chance to spread Christianity.
  • US ownership of the Philippines

    US ownership of the Philippines
    America took control of the Philippines after the Spanish-American war. However, by the early 1900s, colonial powers ruled most of the region. Only Siam, ow Thailand, was never colonized.
  • WWII Japenese invasion of the Phillipines, 1939-1945

    WWII Japenese invasion of the Phillipines, 1939-1945
    During this time, Japenese occupied most of Southeast Asia. Though, after this, the US gave the Phillipines independence. As a result other countries in Southeast Asia began fighting for their own freedom.
  • the Vietnam war

    the Vietnam war
    the Indochina at left Vietnam in 2 parts- the north and the south. In the 1960s, a civil war broke out in the south. Therefore, the US sent troops to protect the South from Communist forces.
  • the civil wars in Cambodia

    the civil wars in Cambodia
    Cambodia was created after the war in french Indochia. This was one of the bloodiest ars for independence ever. Indochina won, and split into Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.