TO THE COURT OF VA.
A Burman Chapel, or Zayat.
Description of the Capital.aAva.aName, Site, and Fortifications.aDwellings.aMarkets.aTemples.aTown of Sagaing.aTowns and Districts annexed to the Capital.aPopulation.
I shall devote this short chapter to such a description of the towns of Ava and Sagaing, as I was enabled to collect during my residence at the capital. The town of Ava, twice before the capital of the Burman Empire, was made so, a third time, in 1822, by his present Majesty. It lies in North latitude 21A 50', and East longitude 96A. The native popular name of the place is Angwa, meaning a fish-pond, which the Hindus and Malays have corrupted into Awa, and the European nations, again, borrowing from them, into Ava, a word which we have extended to the whole kingdom. In all public writings, as already mentioned, the capital is denominated Rata-napura, or the City of Gems. The following description of the fortifications and site of the town was carefully drawn up by my friend M. Montmorency, and will be readily understood by a reference to the accompanying plan, laid down by the same gentleman.
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