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INDOCHINA, originally INDO-CHINA, is a geographical term originating in the early nineteenth century and referring to the continental portion of the region now known as Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
. The name refers to the lands historically within the cultural influence of India
India
and China
China
, and physically bound by the Indian Subcontinent
Indian Subcontinent
in the west and China
China
in the north. It corresponds to the present-day areas of Myanmar
Myanmar
, Thailand
Thailand
, Laos
Laos
, Cambodia
Cambodia
, Vietnam
Vietnam
, and (variably) peninsular Malaysia . The term was later adopted as the name of the colony of French Indochina (today's Vietnam, Cambodia
Cambodia
and Laos), and the entire area of Indochina
Indochina
is now usually referred to as the Indochinese Peninsula or Mainland Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 In biogeography * 3 See also * 4 References * 5 External links

HISTORY

The origins of the name Indo- China
China
are usually attributed jointly to the Danish-French geographer Conrad Malte-Brun , who referred to the area as indo-chinois in 1804, and the Scottish linguist John Leyden , who used the term Indo-Chinese to describe the area's inhabitants and their languages in 1808. Scholarly opinions at the time regarding China's and India's historical influence over the area were conflicting, and the term was itself controversial—Malte-Brun himself later argued against its use in a later edition of his Universal Geography, reasoning that it over-emphasized Chinese influence, and suggested Chin- India
India
instead. However, Indo- China
China
had already gained traction and soon supplanted alternative terms such as Further India
India
and the Peninsula beyond the Ganges. Later, though, as the French established the colony of French Indochina, use of the term became more restricted to the French colony, and today the area is usually referred to as Mainland Southeast Asia.

IN BIOGEOGRAPHY

In biogeography , the Indochinese Region is a major biogeographical region in the Indomalaya ecozone , and also a phytogeographical floristic region in the Paleotropical Kingdom . It includes the native flora and fauna of all the countries above. The adjacent Malesian Region covers the Maritime Southeast Asian countries, and straddles the Indomalaya and Australasian ecozones .

SEE ALSO

* Indochine * Suvarnabhumi * Golden Chersonese * Indochina Time
Indochina Time
* List of butterflies of Indochina

REFERENCES

* ^ Vimalin Rujivacharakul et al., eds. (2013). Architecturalized Asia : mapping a continent through history. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. p. 89. ISBN 9789888208050 . CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link ) * ^ Malte-Brun, Conrad (1827). Universal Geography, Or, A Description of All the Parts of the World, on a New Plan, According to the Great Natural Divisions of the Globe: Improved by the Addition of the Most Recent Information, Derived from Various Sources : Accompanied with Analytical, Synoptical, and Elementary Tables, Volume 2. A. Finley. pp. 262–3. * ^ Wesseling, H. L. (2015). The European Colonial Empires: 1815-1919. Routledge. ISBN 9781317895060 . * ^ Keyes, Charles F. (1995). The golden peninsula : culture and adaptation in mainland Southeast Asia
Southeast Asia
(Pbk. reprint ed.). Honolulu: Univ. of Hawaii Press. p. 1. ISBN 9780824816964 .