A decree to assign a chief of the Hoang Sa (Paracel) fleet was found in Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky city, the central province of Quang Nam.

The document is preserved in the worshipping house of the Le family, said the Tam Ky Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism on Feb. 1.

The decree, which was issued in 1838 by the chief of Nam Nghia province (now Quang Nam and Quang Ngai province), assigned Le Van Uoc as chief of the Quang Nam left fleet No. 1, in charge of the Hoang Sa archipelago.

Uoc was a member of the Le family in former Ha ward, Hoa Thanh commune, Ha Dong district (now Ha Thanh village, Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky city).

The Le family also kept an order issued by the chief of Ha Dong district, telling Uoc to recruit seafarers for the fleet./.