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My Tho Province, a typical city in Booming Mekong Delta

My Tho Province, a typical city in Booming Mekong Delta
Located in the center of Vietnam, Huế was the capital city of Vietnam for approximately 150...
Mỹ Tho is the capital city and a municipality of Tien Giang province, located in the Mekong Delta region of southern Vietnam. It has a population of approximately 169,000. Boat rides on the My Tho River are popular with tourists, and the city is known for hủ tíu Mỹ Tho, a type of soup.

Mỹ Tho was founded in the 1680s by Chinese refugees fleeing Taiwan when the general of the Qing Dynasty Shi Lang defeated the remnants of Southern Ming Dynasty in 1683. The area, at the time, was once part of the Khmer kingdom and it was annexed to Vietnam in the 18th century. The city is named after the My Tho River. In Sino-Vietnamese script, the name is given as 美萩 (beautiful tree). Due to its proximity to Saigon, Mỹ Tho was the traditional gateway to the Mekong Delta. In the 17th century, the city had become one of the biggest commercial hubs in today's Southern Vietnam.

In 1860s, Mỹ Tho, along with Saigon, was a major strategic city during the French colonial campaign towards Vietnam. In 1862, France's capture of Mỹ Tho is regarded as the conclusion to the establishment of the French colony of Cochinchina, a development that inaugurated nearly a century of French colonial dominance in Vietnam. During the colonization period, the economy continued to prosper, attracting more immigrants, mainly from Teochew and Minnan. In 1876, Mỹ Tho province was established as one of six provinces in southeast Vietnam.

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