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My country is Laos. It is a small, poor country in Southeast Asia. The population is about five million. It is 91,400 square miles and the officail language is Lao but french and english is only spoken for buisness purposes mainly. The currency is Kip.

Human beings began living in the present territory of Laos more than 10,000 years ago. Stone tools and skulls were discovered in the Huaphan and Luang Prabang provinces. They did carbon dating on these artifacts and test say there around 10,000 years old. The giant jars in Xieng Khouang province and stone columns in Huaphan province date from the neolithic period. Humans in Laos used iron for their tools as early as the last century B.C.

Community grouping of people slowly
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The division created opportunities for new foreign aggressors. The Lao people fought relentlessly to recover their national independence. The most firece but unsuccessful struggle in the Kingdom of Vientiane was led by King Anouvong, now a National Hero. Vientiane was ransacked completely destroyed by the Siames, with the exception of That Luang and vat Sisaket. The Emerald Buddha was taken to Bangkok. This disaster happened in 1827.

In 1893, Laos became a French colony. The Lao people of different ethnic groups under the leadership of the Communist Party of Indochina, continued to struggle for the self determination and independence of Laos. Lao finally got its independence in 1954. Despite the agreement, neo-colonialist people stepped into Laos to replace the old. During this time period, the ethnic Lao people suffered enormously. The pain of the people and the destruction of land and property was beyond physical measure. Because of the perseverance and struggle of the Lao people, victory after victory was scored until the people was able to seize power throughout the country, and the Lao People's Democratic Republic was established on December 2, 1975.


     The traditional Lao economy was based on agriculture, handcraft production, and trade. Indeed, for centuries before Europeans arrived, flourishing local


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