The Silken East ^
which separate it from the Irravvaddy, and of the Shan hills, which in the south fall away somewhat to the east. The Salwin, for the greater part of its course a river essentially foreign, enters the limits of Burma in its last hundred miles, and pours its waters into the Burmese seas under the golden spires of Moulmein. The mountains reach down in a narrowing peninsula to Victoria Point, the southernmost limit of Burma. This last strip of coast is known as Tenasserim. It is thinly populated, and it has never played any substantial part in the development of the race. An archipelago of singular interest and beauty lies off its western face, and some four thousand islands own its supremacy.