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Maps : Shan map showing border dispute between Burma and China


<p style='text-align: justify;'>One of forty-seven maps, mainly of Burma (now Myanmar), kept as part of the Scott Collection. Sir James Scott held the post of assistant commissioner to the Shan States (part of Myanmar today) from 1886 until he became superintendent for the Northern Shan States in 1891. He was responsible for organising the gathering of information on the region, including internal communications, disputed borders, and physical features. Burmese clerks would accompany British district officers on their travels, recording their observations often in the form of maps such as this one. </p><p style='text-align: justify;'>The map shows an area of about 47 square miles along the Nam Mao (in Burmese Shweli) River and was probably drawn in 1889. Painted on Shan paper, Chinese territory is shown in yellow with two Burmese states tributary to the British shown in red and black. There are about eighty villages and hamlets shown in green.</p>

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