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WUNTHO

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Originally appearing in Volume V28, Page 856 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WUNTHO, a native state of Upper Burma annexed by the British and incorporated in the district of Katha in 1892. Wuntho was classed by the Burmese as a Shan state, but was never on the same footing as the true Shan states, and only escaped be-coming an integral part of the Burmese empire through Burmese want of system. The Shan name is Wying Hso, " the city of the high." It had an area of about 2400 sq. m. with 15o,000 in-habitants, and lay midway between the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers. When the British annexed Upper Burma in 1885 the state became a refuge for rebels and dacoit leaders. Finally in 1891 the state broke out into open rebellion, the sawbwa was deposed, and a force of 1800 troops under General Sir George Wolseley occupied the town of Wuntho and reduced the state to order.
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