what the traders saw.

view of Mrauk-U in the XVII century : in first plan the Portuguese settlement.
1676. by Author Victor Couto, de gravura antiga (by Wouter Schouten)

"As we ascended sufficiently high up the mountain we could descry the city of Aracan and the golden roofs of the palace, which shone magnificently in the rays of the sun. Here and there, both on the mountain and in the valleys, the eye fell on many pagodas, which made the view most enchanting. To the other side lay our settlement and our residence, with lakes, fish ponds, orchards and country houses... indeed, it would be difficult to imagine a more entrancing landscape." Gautier Schouten in 1660.