The New International Encyclopædia/Akyab

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AKYAB, ȧk-yäb′. A town of Burma, India. The chief seaport of the district of Akyab or Arakan proper, and the capital of the province of Arakan (Map: Asia, J 7). It is situated on the eastern side of the island of Akyab, at the mouth of the Kuladan River, in lat. 20° 7′ N., 190 miles southeast of Calcutta. The houses are well built, the streets broad and regular, and it has a fine and well-protected harbor. Its chief article of export is rice. The United States is represented by a consular agent. Its rise from a fishing village dates from its choice as a port and the capital of the province in 1826. Pop., 1891, 38,000.