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English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah

Beth Ellis (1874-1913)

1. Introduction and I. The Voyage
2. II. Rangoon
3. III. The Road to Mandalay
4. IV. The Journey to the HIlls
5. V. The Up-country Station
6. VI. The European Inhabitants
7. VII. The Burmese
8. VIII. Entertaining
9. IX. Adventures
10. X. Beasts and Reptiles
11. XI. Sport
12. XII. The Return

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An English Girl's First Impressions of Burmah, by Beth Ellis, is a well-edited, turn-of-the-century journal documenting a young woman’s visit to Burma. The account documents her ocean voyage to Rangoon, and her stay in a small, jungle-embedded, European community in Remyo. The author, who travelled to Asia alone to visit her brother, is quick to laugh at her own exaggerated fears. She gives us a glimpse into the less-than-glamorous lives to Myanmar’s British occupiers. The book was published in 1899, just thirteen years after the conclusion of the third Anglo-Burmese war, when Britain took formal control of Myanmar and made it a province of India.