Right. I think the consensus is that they were called buffs by Europeans because of the color of cured hides and that evolved to buffalo.
In 1901 the population numbered 2,968,529, of whom 4932 were French (exclusive of French troops, who numbered 2537), 2,558,301 Annamese, 231,902 Cambodians, 9 Chinese, 4 2, 940 savages (Min Huong), the rest being Asiatics of other nationalities, together with a few Europeans other than French.
It is the same that is usually called by Europeans "the Chinese city."
The occupation of this region by Europeans, and the introduction of horses, asses, cattle, sheep, goats and swine, have completely changed its aspect and character.
This large influx of Europeans, however, is modifying the population by reducing the Indian and mestizo elements to a minority, although they are still numerous in the mesopotamian, northern and north-western provinces.
How would you define europeans? Add your definition here.