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Tan An

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Tân An is the capital city of Long An Province in Mekong Delta region of Vietnam. It was upgraded from town level to city on 26 August 2009. The population of Tân An 165,214 (2009), with an area of 81.79 km². It comprises nine wards (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, Khánh Hậu, and Tân Khánh), and five communes (An Vĩnh Ngãi, Bình Tâm, Hướng Thọ Phú, Lợi Bình Nhơn, Nhơn Thạnh Trung.)Tân An is in the south-west of Ho Chi Minh City, 47 km away from the city centre and bordered by the administrative units such as: on the North by Thu Thua district; On the East by Tan Tru district and Chau Thanh district; On the west and south-west by Tiền Giang Province. The City has 6 wards and 6 communes, in which ward I is economic, political and cultural center of the city. Tân An is political, cultural, economic, scientific and technological center of Long An province. The township is in the development of the Southern key economic region, and economic gateway to provinces of Mekong River Delta, with main river and road traffic flowing through the centre, National highway I A, National highway 62 and Vam Co Tay river.HistoryBefore 1945Management of rivers in the Mekong Delta began to develop the area in 1705, bringing commerce to the Vàm Cỏ Tay River at Tân An (then written: 新安) as the end of the Bảo Định Canal in the first years of Nguyễn Dynasty around 1802. In 1800, the entire Mekong Delta fell under the Nguyễn Dynasty's authority. Tân An and it's immediate surrounding used to be its own province, established by the French colonists in December 1889, when Gia Định Province was split to four smaller provinces. In October 1956, Tân An Province was merged into Long An Province by the Republic of Vietnam government under President Ngo Dinh Diem.
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