|Admiral Pierre de La Grandiere later appeared on an Indochine stamp|
The presence of a nearby French gunboat went along way to ensuring signatures were exchanged without fuss.
Seemingly innocuous- at least a first- Norodom agreed with the French that:
- The Catholic church would be given a number of special privileges.
- Buddhism would stay as the state religion of Cambodia.
- The French could house an army and warships within Cambodia.
- The French and the Cambodians had the right to freely-trade with each other.
After a number of centuries of being push, bullied, attacked and massacred by both the Siamese and the Vietnamese it's likely that Norodom thought this deal could have been a whole lot worse.