In 1863 Cambodia became a protectorate of France which doubled the size of the country by reclaiming the north and west from Thailand. The Vietnam War extended into the country with the US bombing of Cambodia from 1969 until 1973.

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The country's minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams, and 30 hill tribes.

The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic, and cultural centre of Cambodia.

In 802 AD, Jayavarman II declared himself king, uniting the warring Khmer princes of Chenla under the name "Kambuja".

This marked the beginning of the Khmer Empire which flourished for over 600 years, allowing successive kings to control and exert influence over much of Southeast Asia and accumulate immense power and wealth.

), is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia.

It is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 square miles) in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east, and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, practiced by approximately 95 percent of the population.Agriculture remains the dominant economic sector, with strong growth in textiles, construction, garments, and tourism leading to increased foreign investment and international trade.Cambodia also faces environmental destruction as an imminent problem.Different kinds of glass beads recovered from several sites across Cambodia, such as the Phum Snay site in northwest and the Prohear site in southeast, show that there were two main trading networks at the time.The two networks were separated by time and space, which indicate that there was a shift from one network to the other at about 2nd–4th century AD, probably with changes in socio-political powers.The most severe activity in this regard is considered to be the countrywide deforestation, which also involves national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.