EMBASSY TO SIAM
Cochin Chinese boats ill the Bay of Turan.
Cochin Chinese History.a Commerce, Weights, and Monies.a Regulations of Trade.a Population.a Marriage and Condition of the Sex.a Wages of Labour.a Checks to Population.a Estimate of its Numerical Amount,
Respecting the history of the countries which constitute the present dominions of Cochin China, I have but few new facts to offer, and shall therefore confine myself to a very brief sketch. The Cochin Chinese dominions, although inhabited by many different races, contain only two considerable nations,a the Annam and the Kambojan. The first, by far the most numerous, powerful, and perhaps civilized, occupy Tonquin and Cochin China Proper. The inhabitants of these, although essentially the same people, speaking the same language, and possessing the same laws and manners, have generally in former ages existed as two distinct and even hostile nations, the last having sometimes been a real, but more frequently a nominal, vassal of the first.
The annals of China contain the only accounts of the ancient history of Annam.* According to these, as they are rendered to us by Eu-
* The annals of Tonquin embraces a period of about four thousand seven hundred years, of which about two thousand are utterly fabulous, and much of the remainder doubtful and unsatisfactory. We have a list of kings from the year 940 of the Christian sera to the year 1820, with the duration of each reign; the average giving only between thirteen and fourteen years,a a striking proof of the