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steamers, launches and Burmese craft, the Irrawaddy glides past Ava, renowned in history, Sagaing, a typical Burmese town embosomed in tamarind groves, Myingyan, a busy port, Pakokku, a trade centre near the mouth of the Chindwin river, Pagan, with its silent array of pagodas, Yenangyaung, redolent of earth-oil, Magwe, Minbu, the fort at Minhla, the old frontier pillars recalling memories of Dalhousie, the great Governor-General, Thayetmyo,
Fig. 14. On the Irrawaddy.
Prome, another ancient capital, the sculptured bank at Akauktaung, Myan-aung1, Henzada, Danubyu, scene of fierce conflict in the First War, thence into the Delta where dividing into countless streams and creeks, it reaches the Bay of Bengal. One great offshoot above Henzada, on the right bank, forms the Ngawun, in its later course the
1 " Myan-aung, a very ancient city, stretching two miles along the margin of the river;...a great variety of tall wide-spreading trees gave the place an air of venerable grandeur.a Symes, 233. Written in 1795. Myan-aung has now sunk to insignificance.