Sisophon Province

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Sisophon Province
จังหวัดศรีโสภณ
Province of Siam

1894–1907

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Historical era World War II
 •  Established as a province of Siam 1894
 •  Taken over by the French colonial administration 1907
Today part of Cambodia
Territorial claims of Thailand in neighbouring states

Sisophon was a changwat (province) of Thailand. In 1906 it was ceded to French Indochina. It is now part of Cambodia and known as Banteay Meanchey.[1]

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During the 16th century and before, Sisophon was known as Srey Saophon meaning in Khmer "Beautiful Lady" and it was a small district, belonging to Battambang Province.

After the 17th century the Siamese took over Battambang Province and Siem Reap Province in a successful military campaign.

Battambang Province and Siem Reap province were established as provinces of Siam and renamed as Phra Tabong and Siam Nakhon respectively and Srey Saophon was renamed as Sisophon.

In the early 1900s the French colonial administration of Cambodia forced the Siamese government to cede Battambang Province and Siem Reap Province to the French Protectorate of Cambodia and the names of these province reverted to their Khmer names. In 1907 Srisophon was changed officially back to Serey Saophoan meaning in Khmer "Beautiful Freedom" implying freedom from the nearly 200 years of Siamese control.[2]

After the Khmer Rouge years, Battambang Province was broken up into two provinces. Those provinces are now a part of present-day Battambang Province and Banteay Meanchey Province. Sisophon was made the capital city of Banteay Meanchey Province.

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Coordinates: 13°45′N 103°00′E / 13.750°N 103.000°E / 13.750; 103.000