a year together. And the Siamites coming on them unexpected, overthrew his armie, killed his Horses and Elephants, slew and drowned many, took others, and so became Lords of all that Countrie. And many Peguan Peeres fled together, whose wives, children, and families, the King after his manner destroyed, utterly
ON THE PLATFORM OF THE PAGODA
with fire, sword and water. And thus the whole tract from Pegu to Martaban and Murmulan was brought to a wildernesse."
When the southern coast became a part of the British Empire, there was some question as to whether Jts capital should be placed at Amherst or at Moulmein. Military reasons decided in favour of Moulmein, because