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No. 100. Rangoon. Patent slip.

No. 100. Rangoon. Patent slip.

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 61/1(100)

Item number: 611100

Genre: Photograph

Photograph by Linnaeus Tripe, from a portfolio of 120 prints, showing a slipway for boats at Rangoon (Yangon) in Burma (Myanmar). In 1855 a British mission was sent to King Mindon Min of Burma to negotiate a settlement regarding Pegu, annexed by the British following the Second Anglo-Burmese War in 1852. Linnaeus Tripe was the official photographer on this mission, his pioneering architectural and topographical views of the country are an important photographic record. Rangoon was built on the site of the ancient Mon city of Dagon. Its name refers to 'the end of strife', given it by the founder of the Burman Konbaung dynasty, Alaungpaya (ruled 1752-60), after his defeat of the Mon kingdom of Pegu. A major port of Burma, located on the Yangon river near the Gulf of Martaban, Rangoon was made the capital after the British took over the whole of the country in 1885.

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