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reigning at that city, espoused the daughter of the King of Chandrapuri, the widow of a prince of Cambodia. It was in Sangkalok that the present civil era of the Siamese, which dates from a.d. 638, and seems to be founded upon that of the Chinese, is said to have originated.
The empire of Zimme, before the Mau conquest of a.d. 1293, seems to have extended farther than it does at present; for we find, from the chronicles of Kiang Rai, or Kiang Hai, the ancient name of which was Tsan Katsa Lac6n, that the King, who had been rather unruly as an infant, breaking every cradle that he was put in until an iron one was resorted to, received Kiang Tung as a dowry, and assigned the town of Zimme, which was before known as Muang Lamien, for the maintenance of his son.
The different chronicles are rather conflicting, for the Labong one makes the King of Labongas son the founder of the new town of Zimmd in 1289, or about the time that the Mau Shans took possession of the country, and drove the Zimme Shans, who were the forefathers of the Siamese, to Chaliang. It is most likely that the new town of Zimme was founded by a Mau prince, on the same site as the old one, and that no mention is made of the change of dynasty in the Labong chronicle. At the same time, the Zimme territories were extended by the Mau as far as the Beeling River, and the Yunzaleen was colonized by Shans.
The frequent changes in the capitals of the States to the east of the Salween add greatly to the con-The frequent changes in the capitals of the States to the east of the Salween add greatly to the con-