Tran Cao Uprising

Tran Cao Uprising

 

a peasant uprising from 1516 to 1524 in the central regions of northern Vietnam, named for one of its leaders, Tran Cao, an important Vietnamese civil servant. The uprising, which was directed against the later Le dynasty (1428–1789), was also led by Phan At, originally from Champa and a servant of one of the members of the feudal house of Trinh. Supported by the townspeople, the rebels seized the capital, Hanoi, and proclaimed Tran Cao emperor. After a stubborn struggle with government troops, Tran Cao gave up the capital and commenced a guerilla war. After the death of Phan At, Tran Cao transferred power to his son, Qungu, and took monastic vows. The uprising was continued in the mountains until 1524, when it was suppressed by government troops.

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