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'Selections from the Records of the Bombay Government' [‎31] (68/733)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (364 folios). It was created in 1856. 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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having under him a convenient number of soldiers, whereof some part
remain in the eastle, and some in the town. In this town are merchants
o all nations, and many Moors and Gentiles. There is a very great
trade ol all sorts of spices, drugs, silk, cloth of silk, fine tapestry of
ersia, great store of pearls, which come from the isle of Bahrein, and
are the best pearls of all others, and many horses of Persia, which serve
R niflm "
^ The English, in their destruction of the Portuguese power in the
Gulf, in conjunction with the armies of Persia, in a. d . 1622, retired to
Bunder Abbas, and forced the trade with them from its favourite retreat
to a point characterised thus unfavourably by the same author :
r I luce 01 foui leagues from Ormus there was, upon the continent,
an harbour called Gombroon, or Bunder Abbas. Nature seemed not to
have designed it should be inhabited. It is situated at the foot of a
ridge of mountains of an excessive height; the air you breathe seems
to be on fire ; mortal vapours continually exhale from the bowels of the
earth ; the fields are black and dry, as if they had been scorched with
fire. Notwithstanding these inconveniences, as Bunder Abbas had
the advantage of being placed at the entrance of the Gulf, the Persian
Monarch chose to make it the centre of the extensive trade he intended
to carry on with India. The English joined in this project. A per
petual exemption from all imposts, and a moiety of the product of the
customs, were granted them, on condition that they should maintain at
least two men-of-war in the Gulf. This precaution was thought neces
sary, to frustrate the attempts of the Portuguese, whose resentment was
still to be dreaded."
From this time Bunder Abbas, which was before a poor fishing town,
became a flourishing city. Bunder Abbas is situated nearly north from
the town of Kishm, from which it is from four to five leagues distant :
it is now farmed of the Persian Monarch by the Imaum of Muskat, who
keeps an armed force in the town.
The Dutch in a. d . 1748, having been plundered at Bussora by the local
Government, whither the trade had been carried from Bunder Abbas
by the European factors, during the Afghan invasion of Persia, retired
to the island of Karrack, on which they planted an establishment, which

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The volume is Selections from the records of the Bombay Government , compiled and edited by Robert Hughes Thomas, Assistant Secretary, Political Department, New Series: 24 (Bombay: Printed for Government at the Bombay Education Society's Press, 1856).

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1 volume (364 folios)

The volume contains an abstract of contents on p. iii, a detailed list of contents on pp. vii-xx, an alphabetical index on pp. xxi-xxvii, and a list of maps etc on p. xviii.

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Pagination: two separate pagination sequences are present in the volume. The first sequence (pp. i-xviii) commences at the first page and terminates at the list of maps (p. xviii). A second pagination sequence then takes over (pp. 1-688), commencing at the title page and terminating at the final page. Both these pagination sequences are printed, with additions in pencil, and the numbers are found at the top (left, right or centre) of each page.

The fold-outs in this volume were not paginated by the publisher. As a result, these have been foliated using the nearest page number. For example, the fold-out attached to p.51 has been numbered as 51A.

Pagination anomalies: pp. 15, 15A; 45, 45A; 49, 49A; 51, 51A; 531, 531A.

The following pages need to be folded out to be read: 15A, 45A, 51A, 327-328, 531A.

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