First published in 1922, this volume constitutes the first attempt yet made to trace the story of English intercourse with Burma from its origins in the 16th century to the middle of the 18th, framed by the period from the opening to the final years of the Syriam factory. Daniel G.E. Hall sought to fill a gap in the literature for students of British enterprise in the East, drawing out the progress of Burma from a commercially unviable backwater to arguably the richest province in resources of the British empire in India.
1. The Earliest English Contact with Burma. 2. The Episode of Thomas Samuel. 3. The Foundation of the Syriam Factory and its Early Prosperity, 1647-52. 4. The Failure of the Syriam Factory. 5. Conditions of Trade Experienced by English Merchants in Burma in the Seventeenth Century. 6. Negotiations with Burma, 1680-86. 7. The Negrais Episode, 1686-87. 8. Private Trade and the Affair of Bartholomew Rodrigues. 9. The Mission of Edward Fleetwood and James Lesly to Ava, 1695-96. 10. The Period of Intermittent Relations, 1697-1723. 11. Shipbuilding and the Last Years of the Syriam Factory, 1722-44.
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