When did Cambodia become a French colony?

1863 – Cambodia becomes a protectorate of France. French colonial rule lasts for 90 years. 1941 – Prince Norodom Sihanouk becomes king.

When did the French colonize Cambodia?

French protectorate of Cambodia

Kingdom of Cambodia ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា (Khmer) Royaume du Cambodge (French)
• Colonised 17 June 1884
• Japanese occupation August 1941
• French rule restored August 1945
• Constitution 6 May 1947

Why did France colonize Cambodia?

Colonial Era – Cambodia Enters the Wider World: 1863 – 1953. When French explorers arrived in Cambodia in the early 1860s, they were seeking to expand French commercial interests in Southeast Asia, and believed that Cambodia, or more precisely the Mekong, were a gateway to China.

Why did Vietnam invade Cambodia?

Vietnam launched an invasion of Cambodia in late December 1978 to remove Pol Pot. Two million Cambodians had died at the hands of his Khmer Rouge regime and Pol Pot’s troops had conducted bloody cross-border raids into Vietnam, Cambodia’s historic enemy, massacring civilians and torching villages.

Is Cambodia older than Thailand?

Thailand and Cambodia are among the oldest kingdoms in Southeast Asia. The two countries share the same historical roots dating back to the old Khmer civilization, which manifest in their similar languages, cultures, and socio-ethnic features.

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