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Towards the middle 15th century, the city state of Ayudhaya acceded power from Sukhothai and became the new seat of government for the Thai people for a total of 417 years. The city had been founded on an island at the junction of three rivers. The lowlands surrounding the city flooded annually and was rich in alluvial soil. These natural conditions made Ayudhaya strategically easy to defend. Moreover, being near the Chao Phraya estuary made it accessible by seafaring trading vessels. Thus Ayudhaya became an important trading centre controlling foreign trade with all points northward. It quickly achieved a remarkable state of prosperity. Availability of foreign technology and weaponry also made it immensely powerful among its neighbours.