One of the most important historical periods in Vietnamese lore is also the only time that the nation has been ruled by a pair of females. Trưng Trắc and Trưng Nhi were a pair of Vietnamese siblings who rebelled against the Han Dynasty occupation after Trắc's husband was killed. They led a revolution to take back the land of Nam Viet from Chinese occupation, after which the pair proclaimed themselves co-queens and ruled the troubled land for three years. Overcome by China in AD 43, Nam Viet was once again absorbed into China. The Trưng sisters committed suicide by drowning themselves in a river to preserve their honor, but today they are some of the liberated country's most respected historical figures.
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