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[The following summary of the History of Burma is taken in extenso from the Administration Report for 1893-4) :a
The early History of Burma, so far as it can be gathered from the native records, show that in former days several distinct races and dynasties occupied different parts of the country. The Burman dynasties of Tagaung and Pagan, Ava, Prome, and Taungoo, the Talaing kings of Pegu and Martaban, and the Shan rulers of Ava and Sagaing exercised control over a a more or less extended sphere, at times succeeding in subduing the whole tract of Burma proper, and over-running the neighbouring kingdoms of Arakan, Siam, and the Shan States, and at times dwindling in power before the uprising of powerful kingdoms previously subjected, or the inroads of Mongols, Shans and Chinese from beyond the border.
The earliest European connection with Burma wTas in 1519, when the Portuguese concluded a treaty with the king of Pegu and established factories at Martaban and Syriam. Towards the close of the 16th century the Dutch obtained possession of the island of Negrais, and about1 the year 1612 the English East India Company had agents and factories at Syriam, Prome, Ava, and perhaps Bhamo.
About the middle of the 17th century all European merchants were expelled from the country owing to a dispute between the Burmese Governor of Pegu and the Dutch.
The Dutch never returned. In 1688, the Burmese Governor of Syriam wrote to the English Governor of Madras invitingThe Dutch never returned. In 1688, the Burmese Governor of Syriam wrote to the English Governor of Madras inviting