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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2495] (1012/1262)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (1165 pages). It was created in 1915. It was written in English and Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: India Office The department of the British Government to which the Government of India reported between 1858 and 1947. The successor to the Court of Directors. Records and Private Papers Documents collected in a private capacity. .


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xMay and June or in those of September and October. The distance from
Zanzibar to Sur is about 2,500 miles, and the voyage generally occupied
16 to &5 days.
History of the external slave trade of the Jfersian Gulf and of
British preventive operations, 1873-1907.
The attention of the public at home had now been attracted by the
East African slave trade. In 1871 a Select Committee of the House of
Commons was appointed to enquire into the subject; and in 1873 Sir
Bartle Frere was despatched on a mission to Zanzibar and Masqat, at the
latter of which places he succeeded in arranging a Treaty already described,
with the Sultan. In 1874 H.M.S. a London ^ arrived on the Zanzibar
station, where she had been sent for the express purpose of preventing the
exportation of slaves from the East African coast; she remained at
Zanzibar for nearly ten years and was instrumental, largely by means
of her steam launches, in reducing the traffic to unprecedentedly small
During the ten years which followed Sir Bartle Frere's mission to Almost corn-
Zanzibar and Masqat the trade in slaves from Africa to the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran.
seemed to have been practically suppressed. In 1873 proclamations were tra e de
issued by the British authorities in the Gulf, warning British subjects f rom Africa,
there of the penalties which they would now incur by engaging in the 18^-83.
tmffic; and in the years following, until the attitude of tho British
Government had become well known, these were periodically republished.
In 1873-74 very few slaving vessels from abroad arrived in the Persian
Gulf, and no captures were effected. In 1874-75 the position continued
to be satisfactory. In 1875 H.M .S. a Daphne^ and H.M.S. Rifle
man^, under Captain Foot, R.N., were specially employed in patrolling
against slavers but none were captured. In 1876 it was reported that the
wholesale importation of slaves had been abandoned by dealers, and that
the slaves now arriving were brought in very small lots; but the dealers
bad begun to conceal their operations by use of the French flag, which
secured them against search by British vessels; and in one case a batch of
15 slaves was landed at Matrah from a vessel flying British colours, when
no British war-vessel, unfortunately, was at hand to undertake pursuit
of her. From 1876 to 1883 the operations of importers apparently
continued to be on a very small scale,^ and hopes even began to be
entertained that the trade would shortly die a natural death. In 1881
three native vessels were captured by H.M.S, "Dryad" off the southern
coast of Arabia, and of these one was subsequently condemned as a slaver.
In 1884 a sudden and serious increase in the importation of slaves Revival of
from Africa to the Gulf was remarked. By the British officials in the the trade.
Gulf it was attributed to the removal of the " London 3 from Zanzibar,
an event which took place in 1883, and there was much force m their
contention that strict surveillance of 500 miles of the African coast would

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This volume is Volume I, Part II (Historical) of the Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part II contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914, 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (pags v-viii), and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (ix-cxxx). These are also found in Volume I, Part IA of the Gazetteer (IOR/L/PS/20/C91/1).

Part II consists of three chapters:

  • 'Chapter X. History of ’Arabistān' (pages 1625-1775);
  • 'Chapter XI. History of the Persian Coast and Islands' (pages 1776-2149);
  • 'Chapter XII. History of Persian Makrān' (pages 2150-2203).

The chapters are followed by nineteen appendices:

Extent and format
1 volume (1165 pages)

Volume I, Part II is arranged into chapters that are sub-divided into numbered periods covering, for example, the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The appendices are sub-divided into lettered subject headings and also contain numbered annexures, as well as charts. Both the chapters and appendices have further subject headings that appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally througout the volume at the bottom of the page which provide further details and references. A 'Detailed Table of Contents' for Part II and the Appendices is on pages cii-cxxx.

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The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 879, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 1503.

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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part II. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎2495] (1012/1262), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/L/PS/20/C91/2, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 1 March 2024]

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