Taksin was born on April 17, 1734, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Of Chinese-Thai heritage, Taksin was taught by a Thai nobleman who enrolled him in the royal service. As a military leader, he reunited Thailand, or Siam, after its defeat at the hands of the Burmese in 1767. Taksin was a better military man than a politician. However, he did much to serve is people promoting international trade, rebuilding infrastructure, and promoting the arts. In the latter part of his reign, his behavior became more erratic and he was deposed and executed by members of his court in 1782.
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