For hundreds of years, much of Southeast Asia endured colonial rule. Countries such as Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia were colonised by the British, French and Dutch respectively, and they weren’t alone in their struggles.
Were there slaves in the Netherlands?
Over the course of the more than 200 years that The Netherlands was involved in the slave trade and the use of slavery in its colonies, historians estimate that more than 500,000 people worked as slaves in the Dutch colonies.
Why did the Dutch leave India?
Netherland had got independence from Spanish Empire in 1581. Due to war of independence, the ports in Spain for Dutch were closed. This forced them to find out a route to India and east to enable direct trade.
Why has Thailand never been colonized?
In the 19th and early 20th centuries, only Thailand survived European colonial threat in Southeast Asia due to centralising reforms enacted by King Chulalongkorn and because the French and the British decided it would be a neutral territory to avoid conflicts between their colonies.
Why didn’t Japan invade Thailand?
It was because of their “clever” that Japanese requested it prior to directly invading them. The British didn’t invade Thailand because they were clever to co-operate with them. Same happened when Japan turned disadvantaged in the Pacific war, they allied with the US.