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Basseinor Bassain

Bassein, or Bassain, a district and its capital in Pegu, Farther India, under the chief commissioner for Burmah. The former has an area of 8,954 square miles, and a coast-line on the east of the Bay of Bengal. A mountain range stretches from N. to S. It is watered by the Irawadi, the delta of which produces heavy crops of rice. The town is on the Bassein river, a channel of the Irawadi, and does a considerable trade with England, to which it has belonged since 1852.