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|Cham-i Vi?t War of 1471|
|Commanders and leaders|
|P'an-Lo T'ou-Ts'iuan (POW)||Lê Thánh Tông|
|100,000 including elephant corps||300,000|
|Casualties and losses|
The Cham-i Vi?t War of 1471 was a military expedition launched by Emperor Lê Thánh Tông of i Vi?t, and is widely regarded as the event that marked the downfall of Champa. The i Vi?t forces attacked and sacked the kingdom's largest city-state, Vijaya, and defeated the Cham army. When the conflict was resolved, Champa was forced to cede territory to i Vi?t, and was no longer a threat to the country.
The Cham and the i Vi?t have had a long history of conflict. In the course of their wars, peace often paired with economic exhaustion, recovering their economies just to go to war again. When fighting resumed in 1471, the Champa kingdom found itself weakened and isolated. It has experienced numerous civil wars and, at one point, had five different rulers. For its earlier attack on Angkor, the Khmers ignored the Cham's request for assistance when i Vi?t under Lê Dynasty invaded.
The Cham also requested Ming China to intervene by helping bring the Vietnamese back in line by force and demarcate the border between Champa and Vietnam. China, however, only verbally rebuked the Vietnamese for its incursion, which the Vietnamese ignored, proceeding with its attack and plan to destroy its rival.
The Vietnamese then carried out its campaign. On November 28, 1470, Le Thanh Tong formally launched his attack as a 100,000-strong Vietnamese naval expedition set out that day, followed by another Vietnamese army consisting of 150,000 men on December 8.
The Vietnamese army was reorganized to copy the Chinese army, armed with gunpowder weapons. Le Thanh Tong raised a total of 300,000-strong army in the battlefield and, significantly outnumbering the 100,000-strong Cham army. This came at a massive financial cost since it drained the Vietnamese treasury of 1,000 gold liang each day. However, it decisively won the war.
The Vietnamese conducted a genocide campaign against the Cham, slaughtering 60,000 when taking the capital. The Vietnamese committed arson and theft and burned massive parts of Champa, seizing the entire country.
The Cham representatives told the Ming Empire that "Annam destroyed our country". The Chinese Ming Dynasty records contain the extent of the Vietnamese destruction wrought on Champa. The Vietnamese enslaved several thousand Chams and enacted forced assimilation of Vietnamese culture onto Chams. The number included 50 members of the royal family. The Chams informed the Ming that they continued to fight against the Vietnamese occupation of their land, which had been turned into the 13th province of i Vi?t.
The Champa kingdom was destroyed by the invasion, leaving small rump states which lasted until 1832, when emperor Minh Mang initiated the final conquest of the remnants of Champa. The Vietnamese ceramics trade was severely affected due to impact suffered by the Cham merchants after the invasion. The Ming scholar Wu Pu () recommended that to help stop the Vietnamese, Ming should help resuscitate the Champa Kingdom.
The Ming Empire sent a censor, Ch'en Chun, to Champa in 1474 to install the Champa King, but his entry was blocked by Vietnamese soldiers who had taken over Champa. He proceeded to Malacca instead and its ruler sent back tribute to the Ming dynasty.Malacca sent envoys again in 1481 to inform the Ming that while going back to Malacca in 1469 from a trip to China, the Vietnamese attacked them, castrating the young and enslaving them. The Malaccans reported that i Vi?t was in control of Champa and sought to conquer Malacca, but the Malaccans did not fight back due to lack of permission from the Ming to engage in war. The Ming Emperor scolded them, ordering the Malaccans to strike back with violent force if the Vietnamese attacked.
The victory allowed the i Vi?t a period of stability since it united the north under the Trinh dynasty. It also allowed the kingdom to consolidate its power in its later conflict with the Nguyen family that ruled the south.