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Strand Road, Maulmein

Strand Road, Maulmein

Photographer: Watts and Skeen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 430/15(3)

Item number: 430153

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from the Curzon Collection, of Strand Road, Moulmein (Mawlamyaing), taken by Watts and Skeen in the 1890s. Moulmein lies at the mouth of the Salween (Thanlwin) river where it meets the Gulf of Martaban (Mottama) and the confluence of four smaller rivers on the coast of south-east Burma. The capital of the Mon State, the town is set in beautiful natural scenery of tropical vegetation, low ranges of hills and limestone outcrops rising from the surrounding plains. It developed as a colonial town and seaport during the 19th century when it was the administrative capital of British Burma between 1827 and 1852 and became a centre for the export of teak and rice. It is laid out on a long, narrow plan stretching along the bank of the Salween River with three main roads running from north to south parallel to the river. The Strand is a 19th-century promenade along the waterfront.

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