Lead: After three Anglo-Burmese Wars in the nineteenth century, Myanmar, better known as Burma, was forced to become a province of British India.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: In Burma, a highly developed Buddhist civilization had existed in the Irrawaddy Valley of Southeast Asia for a 1000 years when over a period of 50 years Britain ate away at the its borders finally annexing the nation completely in 1886. The Brits were traders, in Burma seeking teak, oil, and rubies, and access to Chinese trade over the mountains. Britain did not want a troublesome independent government in Burma causing any difficulties, therefore, the English took over.