‘Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1897-98’

IOR/V/23/73, No 359

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The record is made up of 1 volume (52 folios). It was created in 1898. It was written in English. 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.

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Administration Report of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Maskat [Muscat] Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for 1897-98, published by the Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, India (Calcutta), forming part of Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department, and based on reports sent to Government by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Muscat.

The report is divided up into a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part 1 , is a general summary of events in the region during the previous year (folios 319-322) written by Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm John Meade, Officiating Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . The summary is divided up as follows:

1. General

2. Oman-Maskat Coast

3. Oman-Pirate Coast

4. Bahrein [Bahrain]

5. Nejd.

6. Kowait [Kuwait]

7. Persian Arabistan

8. Fars and the Persian Coast

9. Persian Baluchistan

10. Slave Trade

11. Piracy

12. Royal Navy

13. Official Changes

14. Observatory

Appendix A (folio 323) that follows Part 1 contains the following tables:

Table No. 1 - Table Showing the force and prevailing directions of the wind and recorded rainfall at Bushire for the year 1897-98.

Table No. 2 - Abstract of Meteorological Observations for the year ending 31st March 1898, taken at the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. Observatory, Bushire.

Part 2 , is an Administration Report of the Maskat Political Agency An office of the British Government and, earlier, of the East India Company. for the Year 1897-98 (folios 324-325) written by Major Christopher George Forbes Fagan, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul, Maskat. The report provides a summary of political and military developments in Muscat throughout the previous year.

Part 3 , is a Trade Report of the Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. , for 1897 (folios 325v-327) written by Lieutenant-Colonel Malcolm John Meade, Officiating Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. , Persian Gulf Historically used by the British to refer to the sea area between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Often referred to as The Gulf or the Arabian Gulf. . Appendix A to part 3 (folios 327v-362) contains a series of 27 tabular statistics charts concerning several aspects of trade throughout the region.

Part 4 , is a Trade Report for Maskat for 1897-98 (folio 362) written by Major Christopher George Forbes Fagan, Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul, Maskat. Appendix A to part 4 (folios 363-364) contains the following tables:

Table No. 1 - Imports into Maskat.

Table No. 2 - Exports from Maskat.

Table No. 3 - Showing total number and tonnage of vessels of each nation that entered the Port of Maskat.

Table No. 4 - Showing total number and tonnage of vessels of each nation that cleared from the Port of Maskat.

Part 5 , is a Report on the Trade of Mohammerah [Khorramshahr] and the Karun River for the Year 1897 (folios 364v-365). Appendix A that follows part 5 (folios 365v-368) contains a series of tables related to trade to/from Mohammerah and Karun river ports.

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1 volume (52 folios)
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The report is arranged into a number of sections and subsections, with statistic data in tabular format directly following written sections. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folio 317) which list the report's contents.

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English in Latin script
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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
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IOR/V/23/73, No 359
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No. 359 Foreign Department Serial No. 100

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1898 (CE, Gregorian)

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