Phra Tabong Province
|Province of Thailand|
|Capital||Battambang (de facto)|
|-||Franco-Thai War||May 9, 1941 1941|
|-||Thailand returns annexed territories to French Indochina||1946|
|Today part of||Cambodia|
Phra Tabong Province 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.
Phra Tabong (Thai: 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 beginning in the 15th century, Siamese administration of the area was only formally organized in the late 18th century, at the beginning of the Bangkok period. Baen Abhaiwongse, originator of the Abhaiwongse family, was installed as governor, with the title Chao Phraya Abhayabhubet. His family governed the region for another five generations, until 1907. In that year Phra Tabong was ceded to French Indochina along with portions of modern Laos in exchange for Trat Province, according to the Franco-Siam Treaty signed March 23, 1907.
In 1941, with the help of Japan, which was occupying 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 July 23, 1941 as three provinces: Phra Tabong Province (with new boundaries, corresponding to Cambodian Battambang Province), Phibunsongkhram Province (corresponding to Cambodian Siem Reap Province) and Koh Kong Province.
When it was rejoined to Thailand on July 23, 1941, Phra Tabong was divided into seven districts (amphoe):
|Name||Thai||corresponding to Cambodian|
|1||Mueang Phra Tabong||เมืองพระตะบอง||Battambang District|
|3||Athuekthewadet||อธึกเทวเดช||Moung Ruessei District|
|4||Mongkhon Buri||มงคลบุรี||Mongkol Borei District|
|5||Si Sophon||ศรีโสภณ||Serei Saophoan District|
|6||Sinthusongkhramchai||สินธุสงครามชัย||Tuek Cho District(?)|
|7||Phailin||ไพลิน||Pailin District, now a municipality|
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 (Thai: พรหมโยธี) was renamed for Colonel Luang Phromyothi (common name Mangkon Phromyothi, later General), who commanded Army troops.
- Athuekthewadet (Thai: อธึกเทวเดช) was renamed for Air Marshal Luang Athuekthewadet (common name Bunchiam Komonmit), who commanded Air Force troops.
- Renamed in 1943 to Ronnaphakat (Thai: รณนภากาศ), after Luang Athuekthewadet quit his position.
- Sinthusongkhramchai (Thai: สินธุสงครามชัย) was renamed for Rear Admiral Luang Sinthusongkhramchai (common name Sin Kamonnawin, later Admiral), who commanded Navy troops.
On September 17, 1943, due to its small size, Phromyothi District was downgraded to a minor district (king amphoe) and renamed Pak Phraek. At the same time, four subdistricts from Mongkhon Buri District were combined into a new Phromyothi District.
- The Royal Gazette, Vol. 58, Page 1920-22, พระราชบัญญัติเปลี่ยนแปลงเขตต์จังหวัดนครจัมปาศักดิ์ จังหวัดพิบูลสงคราม และจังหวัดพระตะบอง พุทศักราช ๒๔๘๔. December 30, 1941. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
- The Royal Gazette, Vol. 59, Page 2254-58, พระราชกริสดีกา จัดตั้งเทสบาลเมืองพระตะบอง จังหวัดพระตะบอง พุทธสักราช 2485. November 24, 1942. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.
- The Royal Gazette, Vol. 60 No. 51, Page 3054-55, เรื่องลดถานะและจัดตั้งอำเพอ ไนจังหวัดพระตะบอง. September 28, 1943. Retrieved on November 24, 2008.