We are currently undergoing maintainence, please come back soon. The term Southeast Asia has been in use since World War II.
The earliest Homo sapiens presence in Mainland Southeast Asia can be traced back to 50,000 years ago and to at least 40,000 years ago in Maritime Southeast Asia. The history of Southeast Asia has been greatly influenced by its wide topographical diversity. Maritime Southeast Asia is apart from exceptions like Borneo and Sumatra a patchwork of recurring land-sea patterns on widely dispersed islands and archipelagos. Since around 100 BCE the Southeast Asian archipelago occupied a central position at the crossroads of the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea trading routes which immensely stimulated the economy and the influx of ideas promoted societal organisation and advance. Buddhism, particularly in Indochina began to affect the political structure beginning in the 8th to 9th centuries.
Islam ideas arrived in insular Southeast Asia as early as the 8th century, where the first Muslim societies emerged by the 13th century. The era of European colonialism, early Modernity and the Cold War era revealed the reality of limited political significance for the various Southeast Asian polities. There are numerous ancient historic Asian designations for Southeast Asia, none are geographically consistent with each other.
Anglo-American forces in the Pacific Theater of World War II from 1941 to 1945. Anatomically modern human hunter-gatherer migration into Southeast Asia before 50,000 years ago has been confirmed by the combined fossil record of the region.