Nguyễn Phúc Khoát

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Nguyễn Phúc Khoát (1714–1765) was one of the Nguyễn lords who ruled over the southern portion of Vietnam from the 16th–18th centuries. Also known as Vo Vuong (roughly Martial Prince), he continued the southern expansion undertaken by his predecessor as lord, Nguyễn Phúc Tru. The Vietnamese-Cambodian border established by the end of his reign remains the border today.[1]

In 1747, Vo Vuong sent a number of Vietnamese warriors to aid rebel princes of Cambodia against the newly crowned Cambodian King Ang Tong. These forces seized Sóc Trăng and then moved towards Oudong, then royal capital of Cambodia. Ang Tong requested aid from Mac Thien Thu, who secured a truce with the Nguyễn lord, in exchange for a few more provinces, namely Gò Công and Tân An. Ten years later, the Cambodian throne was seized by Outey II, with the help of Nguyễn and Mac. In return for their contributions, he granted them seven provinces, including Sóc Trăng, Trà Vinh, Kampot, and Kompong Som.

Nguyễn Phúc Khoát died in 1765, and was succeeded by his sixteenth son, Nguyễn Phúc Thuần.[2]

Preceded by
Nguyễn Phúc Trú
Ruler of South Vietnam
Succeeded by
Nguyễn Phúc Thuần


  1. ^ Nghia M. Vo Saigon: A History 2011 p. 268 "When Lord Nguyễn Phúc Khoát died in 1765, Loan, who was the regent and Khoát's maternal uncle, forged an edict allowing him to imprison Crown Prince Hưng Tổ. He then appointed the 12-year-old Duệ Tôn as the new chúa "
  2. ^ Anh Thư Hà, Hồng Đức Trần A Brief Chronology of Vietnam's History 2000 p.166 "He was the sixteenth son of Nguyễn Phúc Khoát. At first, Nguyễn Phúc Khoát chose his ninth son Phúc Hiệu as the Heir Apparent, but Phúc Hiệu died at a young age while Nguyễn Phúc Dương, Phúc Hiện̉s son, was still an infant."
  • Coedes, G. (1962). The Making of South-east Asia. London: Cox & Wyman Ltd. p213.