HEN Arakan was annexed by the British in 1826, after the first Burmese War, Akyab, the present capital of the Arakan division, was a small and unimportant village, the inhabitants of which found a means of livelihood in the rich-yielding fisheries off the coast. Myohaung, which is
Arakan was finally annexed, the official headquarters were moved to the more accessible Akyab at the mouth of the Kaladan.
From that time the speedy growth of Akyab was assured, and it is now the fourth largest town in the province, and the third port of Burma. From a few hundred inhabitants the population has steadily increased,
No importance is to be attached to the slight falling-off shown at the last census, which is attributable to an unwonted paucity of coolies from outside at the time the census was taken, nearly all of whom return to their homes at the close of the busy season in April or May. The population is a mixed one, Arakanese, of whom there are n,53iA
CUSTOMS HOUSE AND SCANDAL POINT, AKYAB.
now but a mere village on the Kaladan River, about 40 miles from Akyab and the Bay of Bengal, was the seat of Government. No doubt for this reason it was one of the first points attacked by the British military division which had come by land from Bengal. The town offered a stubborn resistance, but it was captured in March, 1825, and when
and even within the past decade the growth
has been continuous, as the census figures plainly show :a
predominating over any other race in poin of numbers. Burmese, Chinese, and natives of India, mainly Bengalis from the Chittagong coast, total 18,328.
As to the origin of the name a Akyab,a authorities do not agree. Perhaps the most likely explanation is that it is the corruption of a Akyat,a the name of a pagoda supposedAs to the origin of the name a Akyab,a authorities do not agree. Perhaps the most likely explanation is that it is the corruption of a Akyat,a the name of a pagoda supposed