Stages of the Cambodian
In 1848, Duang Manivong obtained the
Cambodian throne after his older brother, Chan Manivong. A civil-war
torn Cambodia was weary that Duong may bring even more turmoil and
animosity to the poor country. In the following ten years after
his coronation the Cambodian people, much to their surprise, were
praising and thanking him. In those ten years it seemed that Cambodia
had regained a glimpse of what it use to be. Cambodia suddenly was
re-awakened. The citizens were able to raise their children in safe
and secure areas. They were able to provide their families with
the provisions they needed. Famed temples and monasteries were restored
and the culture and traditions of Cambodia were once again practiced.
Two years later, in 1860, Duong died.
As Cambodia started to flourish again,
they were unaware of the French forces occupying southern Vietnam.
Before the Cambodians realized it the French had establish their
own colony centered on the capital of Vietnam, Saigon. When the
French settled into their new surroundings, curiosity hit them about
the lands west of Vietnam. Soon enough a French explorer “discovered”
the ruins of Angkor Wat. Fueled by this discovery the French became
more fervent in “settling” Cambodia. They had no doubt
in their minds that Cambodia was rich in rare metals and minerals.
They were going to do everything they could to expand and exploit
Cambodia for their benefit.
Duang’s eldest son, Prince Norodom
Manivong, was the one expected to take the throne after his father
but he was caught in a battle between his brother and others seeking
to be Duang’s successor. The Thai court kept the throne from
being awarded to Prince Norodom so the young prince turned to the
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