Britain never colonize Thailand

Feb 2018
227
Manila
What is the reason why the British never tried to colonize Thailand which the French had failed to do so?
 

Naomasa298

Forum Staff
Apr 2010
35,919
T'Republic of Yorkshire
Siam was a useful buffer state. Conquering the country would have brought the British and French territories into direct contact, so it served a purpose to have a nominally sovereign state between them, but the Siamese had to make multiple concessions of territory ri virg Veirain and France to maintain its independence.

Some of these territories were temporarily recovered during WWII. The Victory Monument in Bangkok celebrates the Thai victory over the French, but everyone has one of those.
 

Larrey

Ad Honorem
Sep 2011
6,115
Some of these territories were temporarily recovered during WWII. The Victory Monument in Bangkok celebrates the Thai victory over the French, but everyone has one of those.
Because the French have fought more wars than just about any other nation, with the monuments for victories over everyone they've ever fought too...
 
Nov 2017
789
Commune
It didn't have to colonise it. Ayutthaya had already become a semi-colony with the Spaniards, continuing with the Dutch and the French until finally passing around to the British. Since the Thai king had basically sold the entire country to the Europeans, there was no need to establish an actual viceroyalty.

Basically, Thailand was a full colony, just with the difference that it retained nominal independence, like much of Qing China. Other than that, even British officials and even troops were permanently stationed in it and it was just as plundered as India.
 
Nov 2008
1,438
England
Basically, Thailand was a full colony, just with the difference that it retained nominal independence, like much of Qing China. Other than that, even British officials and even troops were permanently stationed in it and it was just as plundered as India.
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Thailand was certainly economically dominated by Britain during the latter half of the 19th century, but it was never garrisoned by the British. Plundered it certainly was not.
 

Pendennis

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
3,386
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
But we did colonise culturally.Haven't you all heard of the musical cum movie 'THE KING AND I '?
 

Pendennis

Ad Honorem
Mar 2013
3,386
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Edric my good man, no money in Siam/Thailand?-think of the millions made from the stage musical and mega hit movie 'THE KING AND I' ! starring Yul Brynner.!