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Fort Dufferin and the moat, Mandalay, in Fort Dufferin, Mandalay, Mandalay Division, Myanmar more
Mandalay was the capital of Burma until the British captured the country in 1885. After that, the headquarters of the region were based here, in Fort Dufferin. Today Mandalay is one of the largest cities in Myanmar. It sits on the River Irrawaddy.
Southern Burma was under British rule before the middle of the nineteenth century, but it is only since January, 1886, that England has controlled Northern Burma. King Thebaw’s downfall was caused by his numerous cruel acts to foreigners, which compelled the British to take steps to check him. His hedquarters were ar Mandalay, and his deserted palace is the centre of attraction to-day. The most prominent feature is the fort, in and about which are grouped the palace of theKing, the houses of Government officials and residents of the military quarter.
The fort is entirely surrounded by a moat, one hundres feet wide and twelve feet deep. Five bridges also lead from five of the gateways. The moat supplies drinking water for the city [the writer is a little confused here—Liam] and is covered with the purple lotus blossom. Its width and extent make it a characteristic feature of Mandalay. Roads run parallel with the walls and lead to the entrance of the palace gardens, once very beautiful. (pp. 98, 99)
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