(1796-1860), ruled Cambodia from 1848 to his death in 1860. He was the last king to rule Cambodia from the town of Udong. Duang spent his early life as a captive/hostage/guest in Bangkok (he was half Thai, his mother being a Thai concubine), before being placed on the throne of Cambodia with the support of the king of Thailand. Being cought between the expansionist Thai on one hand, and the hegemonic Vietnamese on the other, with Cambodia and himself in the middle, his reign is noted for a measure of independence from both Vietnamese and Thai control. Towards the end of his reign he also had to face an emerging French colonial interest in his country.
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