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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 384 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LEGYA, called by the Shans LAI-HKA, a state in the central division of the southern Shan States of Burma, lying approximately between 2o° 15' and 210 30' N. and 970 50' and 98° 30' E., with an area of 1433 sq. m. The population was estimated at 30,000 in 1881. On the downfall of King Thibaw civil war I From Vines's Students' Text-Book of Botany, by permission of Swan, Sonnenschein & Co. broke out, and reduced the population to a few hundreds. In 190I it had risen again to 25,811. About seven-ninths of the land under cultivation consists of wet rice cultivation. A certain amount of upland rice is also cultivated, and cotton, sugar-cane and garden produce make up the rest; recently large orange groves have been planted in the west of the state. Laihka, the capital, is noted for its iron-work, both the iron and the implements made being produced at Pang Long in the west of the state. This and lacquer-ware are the chief exports, as also a considerable amount of pottery. The imports are chiefly cotton piece-goods and salt. The general character of the state is that of an undulating plateau, with a broad plain near the capital and along the Nam Teng, which is the chief river, with a general altitude of a little under 3000 ft.
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