An original royal edict from the Nguyen dynasty referring to the Hoang Sa (Paracel) archipelago was discovered in the records of a family in central Quang Ngai province.
The treasured document has been kept by the Dang family in An Hai commune, Ly Son island district, for more than 170 years.
King Minh Mang promulgated the edict to send three boats and 24 seamen to defend Hoang Sa archipelago in 1835. A member of the Dang family was entrusted to guide the team.
According to Nguyen Dang Vu, Deputy Director of the Quang Ngai Department for Culture, Sports and Tourism, the edict is the original document on Hoang Sa archipelago found in Ly Son.