Phra Tabong Province ( th|พระตะบอง) was a province of Thailand
, from the late-18th century until it was ceded to French Indochina
in 1907, and again between 1941-1946 after Thailand recaptured it during the Japanese occupation of Cambodia
in World War II
. The province was dissolved and returned to France
in 1946. The area is now in the Pailin
municipality of Battambang Province
''Phra Tabong'' ( th|พระตะบอง) is the Thai version of the name ''Preah Bat Dambang Kranhoung'', the namesake of Battambang, who according to Khmer legend threw his staff from Angkor
, landing in the area of modern Battambang.
Though Siam had invaded this area of Cambodia at the beginning of the 15th century, Siamese administration of the area was only formally organized in the late-18th century, at the beginning of the Bangkok Period
known as Inner Cambodia or ''Khamen Nai''. Baen Abhaiwongse
, of the Abhaiwongse
family, was installed as governor, with the title ''Chao Phraya Abhayabhubet''. His family governed Phra Tabong as the provincial capital for another five generations, until 1907. In that year Phra Tabong, along with Siemmarat and Sisophon, was ceded to French Indochina
in exchange for Trat Province
and Dan Sai
, in accordance with the Franco-Siam Treaty signed 23 March 1907.
In 1941, with the help of its ally, Japan, which occupied Thailand at the time, Thailand recaptured the areas it had ceded to France in 1907. The area in Cambodia had since been subdivided, and was rejoined to Thailand on 23 July 1941 as three provinces: Phra Tabong Province (with new boundaries, corresponding to Cambodian Battambang Province
) and Phibunsongkhram Province
(corresponding to Cambodian Siem Reap Province
Thailand was forced to cede the territory again in 1946, after the end of World War II
, as a condition for Thailand's admission into the United Nations
When it was rejoined to Thailand on 23 July 1941, Phra Tabong was divided into seven districts (''amphoe
Three of the former Cambodian districts were renamed to honor the military officers who led the three major divisions of the Thai armed forces in the French-Thai War
* Phromyothi ( th|พรหมโยธี) was renamed for Colonel Luang
Phromyothi (common name Mangkon Phromyothi, later General), who commanded army troops.
* Athuekthewadet ( th|อธึกเทวเดช) was renamed for Air Marshal Luang
Athuekthewadet (common name Bunchiam Komonmit), who commanded airmen.
:* Renamed in 1943 to Ronnaphakat ( th|รณนภากาศ), after Luang Athuekthewadet quit his position.
* Sinthusongkhramchai ( th|สินธุสงครามชัย) was renamed for Rear Admiral Luang
Sinthusongkhramchai (common name Sin Kamonnawin, later Admiral), who commanded the fleet.
On 23 December 1941, Si Sophon
and Sinthu Songkhram Chai were reassigned to Phibunsongkhram Province
On 3 November 1942, Mueang Phra Tabong was established as a town (''thesaban mueang
On 17 September 1943, due to its small size, Phromyothi District was downgraded to a minor district (''king amphoe
'') and renamed Pak Phraek ( th|ปากแพรก). At the same time, four sub-districts from Mongkhon Buri District were combined into a new Phromyothi District.
[''The Royal Gazette'']
Vol. 60 No. 51, Page 3054-55, เรื่องลดถานะและจัดตั้งอำเพอ ไนจังหวัดพระตะบอง.
September 28, 1943. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
*Japanese occupation of Cambodia
* Thailand in World War II
External linksThe Land Boundaries of Indochina: Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam
Category:Former provinces of Thailand