Burma Tries Again To Salvage its Great …

In 1606, an audacious Portuguese explorer and mercenary named Filipe De Brito e Nicote, who established temporary Portuguese rule in Burma, stole the biggest bell on earth from the fabled Shwedagon Pagoda in what was then Rangoon. The bell, known as the Great Bell of Dhammazedi , a behemoth cast of 295 tonnes of copper, gold, silver and tin alloy, unfortunately got no further than about half a mile down the hill to the Bago River, where it was lashed to de Brito’s flagship for a journey across the river to be melted down for cannons. However, the raft broke up and sank, taking De Brito’s galleon down with it.

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