a city in SW Burma, near the mouth of the Irrawaddy River.
Historical Examples

The city of Bassein, near Bombay, has been destroyed by storms and earthquakes.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898: Volume XVIII, 1617-1620 Various

Bassein is one hundred and ninety-two miles west of Rangoon.
A Tour of the Missions Augustus Hopkins Strong

Having finished the Census, I went to Bassein, riding most of the way over bare rice-fields.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White

But, in 79, the arrival of the Bassein steamer was the event of the week.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White

In those days the only approach to Bassein was by river steamer.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White

In 1739 these hardy Hindu soldiers sacked Bassein, and they extended their incursions to the very walls of Goa.
Rulers of India: Albuquerque Henry Morse Stephens

One of the odd jobs which fell to my lot in my first year was to consult the Elders of Bassein on the opium question.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White

The next day we arrived at Bassein, one of the principal towns in the Burman Empire.
Olla Podrida Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)

Even now, though Bassein is linked with Rangoon by rail, the river journey is easier and pleasanter.
A Civil Servant in Burma Herbert Thirkel White

Martaban was taken on the 5th of April 1852, and Rangoon and Bassein shortly afterwards.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 9 Various

a city in Myanmar, on the Irrawaddy delta: a port on the Bassein River (the westernmost distributary of the Irrawaddy). Pop: 231 000 (2005 est)


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