As far as the history of Hoi An goes, the settlement of Cham civilization within Hoi An was known for the presence of Cham port that had maritime trade links. Due to the strategic location of Hoi An along the merging point of Quang Nam and due to other positive conditions, the province showed affirmative signs of development during the 16th to the 19th centuries.
As far as the History of Hoi An goes, this small town along with the "Silk road" and "Ceramic road" was involved in trade links with countries like China, Thailand, Japan, India, Portugal, Britain, France, Holland, and others.
With time Hoi An emerged as an international port town for trade links along with being a major economic hub for Nguyen Lords and Kings within of Southern Vietnam. It was during the concluding years of the 19th century, the sailing vessels port town of Hoi An experienced its downfall and lost importance in comparison to the industrial port city of Danang.
The province fought for 117-years especially during the year 1858 - 1975 against overseas invaders and finally several Hoianians sacrificed themselves for the sake of the country’s independence and its unification.
Finally it was in December 4th, 1999 Hoi An was placed within the World Heritage list by UNESCO.