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The Âu Việt or Ouyue (Chinese: 甌越) were an ancient conglomeration of Baiyue
Baiyue
tribes living in what is today the mountainous regions of northernmost Vietnam, western Guangdong, and northern Guangxi, China, since at least the third century BCE. In the legends of the Tay people, the western part of Âu Việt's land became the Nam Cương Kingdom,[1] whose capital was located in what is today the Cao Bằng Province
Cao Bằng Province
of Northeast Vietnam.[2][3][4] In eastern China, the Ouyue established the Dong'ou or Eastern Ou kingdom. The Western Ou (西甌; pinyin: Xī Ōu; Tây meaning "western") were Baiyue
Baiyue
tribes, with short hair and tattoos, who blackened their teeth[2] and are the ancestors of the upland Tai-speaking minority groups in Vietnam
Vietnam
such as the Nùng and Tay,[5][6] as well as the closely related Zhuang people
Zhuang people
of Guangxi. The Âu Việt traded with the Lạc Việt, the inhabitants of the state of Văn Lang, located in the lowland plains to Âu Việt's south, in what is today the Red River Delta of northern Vietnam, until 258 BC or 257 BC, when Thục Phán, the leader of an alliance of Âu Việt tribes, invaded Văn Lang
Văn Lang
and defeated the last Hùng king. He named the new nation "Âu Lạc", proclaiming himself "An Dương Vương" ("King An Dương").[2] The Qin dynasty
Qin dynasty
conquered the state of Chu, unifying China. Qin abolished the noble status of the royal descendants of the state of Yue. After some years, Qin Shi Huang
Qin Shi Huang
sent an army of 500,000 to conquer the West Ou, began a three-year guerrilla war and killed their leader.[7] Before the Han dynasty, the East and West Ou regained independence. The Eastern Ou was attacked by the Minyue Kingdom, and Emperor Wu of Han allowed them to move to between the Yangtze
Yangtze
and the Huai River.[8] The Western Ou paid tribute to Nanyue
Nanyue
until it was conquered by the Han.[9] Descendants of these kings later lost their royal status. Ou (區), Ou (歐) and Ouyang (歐陽) remain as family names. References[edit]

^ "Cao Bằng và bí ẩn nơi thành cổ Bản Phủ". Retrieved 2012-12-17.  ^ a b c Chapuis, Oscar (1995). A History of Vietnam: From Hong Bang to Tu Duc. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 13–14. ISBN 0-313-29622-7.  ^ Vinh Phúc Nguyêñ Historical and cultural sites around Hanoi Thé̂ Giới Publishers, 2000 p24, 25 "became the king both of the Âu Việt and Âu Lạc" ^ Anh Tuấn Hoàng Silk for Silver: Dutch-Vietnamese Relations, 1637-1700 Page 12 2007 "people of Lạc Việt." ^ Sterling, Eleanor J.; Hurley, Martha Maud; Minh, Le Duc; Le, Minh Duc; Powzyk, Joyce A. (2006). Vietnam: a natural history. Yale University Press. p. 28. ISBN 0-300-10608-4.  ^ Stevenson, John; Guy, John; Cort, Louise Allison (1997). Vietnamese ceramics: a separate tradition. Art Media Resources with Avery Press. p. 109.  ^ Huainanzi
Huainanzi
卷18, 人間訓 ^ zh:s:史記/卷114 ^

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