Cà Mau Province

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Cà Mau Province
Tỉnh Cà Mau
Province
Da Bac Islet in Cà Mau
Da Bac Islet in Cà Mau
Nickname(s): Dark water
Location of Cà Mau within Vietnam
Location of Cà Mau within Vietnam
Coordinates: 9°5′N 105°5′E / 9.083°N 105.083°E / 9.083; 105.083Coordinates: 9°5′N 105°5′E / 9.083°N 105.083°E / 9.083; 105.083
Country  Vietnam
Region Mekong Delta
Capital Cà Mau
Area[1]
 • Total 5,331 km2 (2,058 sq mi)
Population (2006)[1]
 • Total 1,232,000
 • Density 230/km2 (600/sq mi)
Demographics
 • Ethnicities Vietnamese, Khmer, Hoa, Tày
Time zone ICT (UTC+7)
Calling code 780
ISO 3166 code VN-59
Website www.camau.gov.vn

Cà Mau (About this sound listen) is a province of Vietnam, named after its capital city. It is located in the Mekong Delta of southern Vietnam, and is the southernmost of Vietnam's 58 provinces. It is bordered on the north by the Kiên Giang and Bạc Liêu provinces, on the west by the Gulf of Thailand, and on the south and east by the East Sea.[2]

Economy[edit]

Being surrounded by sea on three sides, fishing is an important industry in Cà Mau province. An extensive network of canals also supports a strong agricultural sector, as well as providing a popular means of transport. The U Minh biosphere reserve and Mũi Cà Mau, the southernmost point of Vietnam, serve also as important tourism destinations. The Mũi Cà Mau National Park is located at Mũi Cà Mau.

Name[edit]

Its name came from the Khmers who inhabited the area before the arrival of the Vietnamese, Cà Mau means "black" in Khmer. The Khmer name for this province is Teuk Khmao, meaning "black water".

Administration[edit]

Map of Cà Mau province, Vietnam, showing the eight administrative districts.

Politically, Cà Mau is divided into eight districts:[3]

The provincial capital, also named Cà Mau, is a separate municipality.

1997 Typhoon[edit]

In November 1997, the Cà Mau Peninsula was struck by Typhoon Linda (Openg). Thousands of people were lost, and an estimated 200,000 homes were destroyed, along with much of the Cà Mau fishing fleet.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b General Statistics Office of Vietnam. "Population and Employment: Population and population density in 2006 by province". 7. Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  2. ^ CA MAU PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE. "Introduction: Geographical Position". Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  3. ^ CA MAU PEOPLE'S COMMITTEE. "Towns, Districts: Overview". Retrieved 2008-05-31. 
  4. ^ Dodd, Jan, et al. (2003). The Rough Guide to Vietnam. Rough Guides. Retrieved 2008-06-02. 

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