|Emperor of Vietnam|
|Duy Tan in 1907.|
|Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San|
|Born||14 August 1899|
|Died||25 December 1945(aged 46)|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Duy Tân|
|Vietnamese alphabet||Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San|
Emperor Duy Tân (born Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San; 14 August 1899 – 25 December 1945), was a boy emperor of the Nguyễn dynasty and reigned in 9 years between 1907 and 1916.
His name was Prince Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San and was son of the Thành Thái emperor. Because of his opposition to French rule and his erratic, depraved actions (which some speculate were feigned to shield his opposition from the French) Thành Thái was declared insane and exiled to Vũng Tàu in 1907. The French decided to pass the throne to his son Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San, who was only seven years old, because they thought someone so young would be easily influenced and controlled, and could be raised to be pro-French.
This proved to be a big mistake on the part of the French. Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San was enthroned with the reign name of Duy Tân, meaning "friend of reform" and in time would prove unwilling to live up to this name. As he became older he noticed that, even though he was treated as the emperor, it was the colonial authorities who were actually obeyed. As he became a teenager, Emperor Duy Tân came under the influence of the mandarin Trần Cao Vân, who was very much opposed to the colonial administration. Emperor Duy Tân began to plan a secret rebellion with Trần Cao Vân and others to overthrow the French.
In 1916, while France was preoccupied with fighting World War I, Emperor Duy Tân was smuggled out of the Forbidden City with Trần Cao Vân to call upon the people to rise up against the French. However, the secret was revealed and France immediately sent troops there, and after only a few days, they were betrayed and captured by the French authorities. Because of his age and in order to avoid a worse situation, Emperor Duy Tân was deposed and exiled instead of being killed. Trần Cao Vân and the rest of the revolutionaries were all beheaded. Prince Nguyễn Phúc Vĩnh San was exiled with his father to Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean.
Exile in Reunion Island
Prince Vĩnh San continued to favor national liberation for Vietnam in exile. During World War II he resisted the Vichy Regime until the Liberation of La Réunion, after which he joined the Free French Forces and became a low-ranking naval officer on the French destroyer Léopard, serving as radio officer. He then joined the Free French army as a second lieutenant in December 1942, receiving successive promotions to lieutenant (1943), captain (1944), major (July 1945) and lieutenant-colonel (September 1945).
Plane crash in Central Africa
Later, when France was facing defeat by the Vietminh, and the regime of Emperor Bao Dai proved incapable of gaining any public support, French leader Charles de Gaulle talked to Prince Vĩnh San, who was still very popular in the Vietnamese public memory for his patriotism, about returning to Vietnam as Emperor. However, he died in a plane crash in Central Africa on his way home to Vietnam in 1945, and the great hopes of many died with him - as a patriotic challenge to Ho Chi Minh. For his wartime service, the French posthumously awarded him the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour and the Officer's Médaille de la Résistance, also appointing him a Companion of the Ordre de la Libération.
Reburial in Vietnam
In 1987, his son, Prince Bảo Vang, and the royal family of Vietnam accompanied his father's remains, which were removed from Africa and brought home to Vietnam in a traditional ceremony to rest in the tomb of his grandfather, Emperor Dục Đức.
In 2001, Prince Bảo Vang wrote a book titled Duy Tân, Empereur d'Annam 1900–1945 about his father's life.
Most cities in Vietnam have named major streets after him.
Duy TânBorn: 1899 Died: 1945
|Emperor of Vietnam
- David G. Marr Vietnam: State, War, and Revolution (1945-1946) 2013 p615 "From September 1945, de Gaulle had considered the idea of touring Indochina following a triumphant Show of force, accompanied by Prince Vĩnh San, the former boy Emperor Duy Tân .. "
- CÉRÉMONIE DINHUMATION A HUE Viet Nam at vinhsan.free.fr
- Presentation du livre sur l empereur Duy Tan at vinhsan.free.fr
- Vietnam Country Map. Periplus Travel Maps. 2002–03. ISBN 0-7946-0070-0.