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Vietnam War

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The Vietnamese were controlled by France from 1859 until the defeat of France in World War II. The French had lost their power and Vietnam gained independence But, the French would not give up without a fight. They still wanted control over Vietnam. The only way they could do this was to fight for the land The Battle of Dien Bien Phu was fought between France and Vietnam. Dien Bien Phu was the name of the city that the battle was fought in; therefore, you get the name of the battle. The Vietnamese attacked the French with a force of 40,000 men. France was defeated and the Vietnamese finally had their land back. To settle the dispute, the Geneva Peace Accords were signed by France and Vietnam n the summer of 1954 There were many causes to the war. One cause was the separation of Vietnam. The terms of the Geneva Peace Accords were that Vietnam was to be separated at the 17th parallel, into two states, North and South Vietnam. Each state would have no leader until an election was made in 1956 to reunify the nations. But with no president, the states fell apart. There was no election in1956. This was one of the causes of the Vietnam War Another cause of the Vietnam War was a Civil War between the two states of Northern and Southern Vietnam. North Vietnam was a communist state. But South Vietnam was not. The two states started to have conflicts with each other. The National Liberation Front, or NLF, initiated communist activities in South Vietnam in 1957. The U.S. could not just stand by and do nothing. They decided they had to take sides to prevent communism. The U.S., which did not approve with the communist North, took sides with South Vietnam. South Vietnam had their own election in which Ngo Dinh Diem arose as president. So, North Vietnam decided to have an election, where Ho Chi Minh became the leader of the North. At once, the new president of the South claimed that North Vietnam was attacking the South to take it by force. President John F. Kennedy feared that...