On june 21st 1868, after combating for 5 days and talking possession of Rach Gi military post, Nguyen Trung Truc, a well-know Vietnamse hero, retreated to Hon Chong, commanding the insurgent army to cross the sea to Phu Quoc to hold military ground. Initially, he sent his men to drop in the An Thoi archipelago and commanded them occupy Ham Ninh forest.
Then the French urgently hunted for him. In order to deal with the powerful French force, he applied the strategy of “few confronting with many” by intructing his army to move around the forest and then advance toward the sheshore. As a result, from the distance, his enemy, who supposed Nguyen trung Truc’s army to be very powerful, was discouraged from landing in.
The lackey Huynh Cong Tan and appointed cavalrymen daringly did land on ham Ninh bank. Nguyen Trung Truc’s insurgent army immediately moved back to Duong Dong by path. Taking advantage of the rough terrain of the Cua Can River, the army retreated for defensive measures. For 100 days fiercely combating, using up food, the army was reduced to destitution. Though being eagerly supported by islanders, the army, due to its weak force, had to undergo a life and death battle on beach from Cua Can beach to Ong Lang beach. Falling into the hands of the enemy, Nguyen Trung Truc was enticed into co-operation by the French but he bravely rejected. On October 27th 1868 they executed him in Rach Gia