Gulf of Tonkin

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The Gulf of Tonkin played a very significant role in the escalation of war in Vietnam.  It is the place where, according to the U.S. federal government, North Vietnam attacked an American ship. 

The alleged events gave rise to the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which Congress passed, giving President Johnson significant war-making powers.

This image, from space, depicts the Gulf of Tonkin.

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