The Many Complexities of Mapping Historical Southeast Asia

I promised a video over the History of Southeast Asia: Every Year for my channel for the end of February / beginning of March. Doesn’t look like that’s gonna be quite on time, which isn’t the biggest surprise since my big projects always seem to be harder than expected. Or school gets in the way. Or both.

Anywho, I figured for this blog post I’d post a few of the headaches that have been occurring while working on the project.

  1. The British East Indies – Wait what? British East Indies? Well the Dutch East Indies were temporarily occupied by the British. Why? Napoleon. The Dutch became a French puppet and then fully annexed by the French Empire under Napoleon. As a result, the British had to occupy them to make sure they didn’t fall into French hands somehow. Having to change the color of 100 islands multiple times in a few short years was not fun animating.
  2. Siamese vassal states – So Siam (modern day Thailand) had this thing for expanding its empire by having a lot of vassals. That way they’d have to militarily occupy much less land but still theoretically controlled the territory. Siam as it turned out had several vassals along its entire northern border and in modern-day Laos, which changed often due to several rebellions. Ultimately Siam would get tired of having to suppress a rebellion in a vassal state or they’d be worried that the state might be swayed into switching allegiance to the British or French colonial empires, so Siam would finally end the vassal and fully annex the territory.
  3. Too many nations in Indonesia – The Dutch united hundreds of nations into the Dutch East Indies. As I work backwards and their colony recedes, more nations are spouted out. It’s amazing how many there are.

So overall, these things have slowed me down. But the video is still coming! Just thought I’d give a nice update.


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I make a YouTube account that makes map animations of historical events such as World War II or the Civil War.
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