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Early Contributors To The Ethnography Of Upper Tonkin

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This chapter first presents a historical narrative to briefly review missionary as well as lay ethnographic texts produced until the 19th century on the upland Tonkin's ethnic groups. It also explains the story of the foundation, growth, and decline of that MEP vicariate, Upper Tonkin. In the second half of the 19th century, the missionary presence, both in terms of numbers and geographical dispersion had expanded significantly. The MEP quickly found itself in charge of ever more numerous vicariates set up where and whenever the number of mission outposts and actual as well as potential converts justified it. In Tonkin, this time sequence reflected the specifics of the deployment of the colonial hold.

Keywords: Catholic missionaries; ethnographic texts; MEP missionaries; missionary texts; upper Tonkin



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