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  Yangon, formerly known as Rangoon, is  the largest city of Myanmar (also known as Burma). Yangon was founded as Dagon in the early 11th century. The British seized Yangon and all of Lower Burma in the Second Anglo-Burmese War of 1852, and subsequently transformed Yangon into the commercial and political hub of British Burma. After the war, the British moved the capital of British Burma to Yangon.Yangon became the capital of the Union of Burma on 4 January 1948 when the country regained independence from the British Empire. In November 2005, the military government designated Naypyidaw, 320 kilometres (199 mi) north of Yangon, as the new  capital.