In 1911 Ho took a job on a French ship and traveled widely.
He was a founding member of the French communist party.
He trained at a Comintern, an organization created by Vladmir Lenin to promote worldwide revolution.
In 1930 he made the Indo-Chinese Communist Party (ICP).
During the 1930s he spent his time in the Soviet Union, and China.
Ho adopted the Viet Minh, a communist-dominated independence movement.
After he had adopted the Viet Minh he named himself Ho Chi Minh; meaning "bringer of light".
After the war broke out in Vietnam, and Vietnam was split into a north and a south, Ho became the leader of the Communist North.
Ho Chi Minh was the leader of North Vietnam during the Vietnam war. However he died before the North won.
After North Vietnam won, they renamed its capitol of Saigon to Ho Chi Minh City, in his honor.