Explain the following statement with reason.
There were three wars fought between the British and Myanmar.
- Myanmar is a Southeast Asian country. In 1599 the Portuguese defeated the king of one of the kingdoms in Myanmar.
- However, in 1611 various dynasties ruling in Myanmar got together, defeated the Portuguese, and amalgamated their kingdoms.
- United Myanmar adopted an expansionist policy and conquered Manipur and Assam.
- It means that the British Indian territory was under threat of being invaded, a situation that caused three wars between the British and Myanmar is known as the Anglo-Burmese war.
- The first war in 1826 was won by the British and they took over Assam and Manipur and Arakan.
- British also defeated Myanmar in the second war. At about the same time the French had taken over the regions of 'Upper Burma'.
- In the third war the British won this region too, thereby ruling over entire Myanmar. In this way during three Anglo-Burmese war British annexed entire Myanmar.
Concept: Decolonisation: Asia
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