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Handwritten report regarding the Shat el Arab [Shatt al Arab] watercourse [‎12v] (22/80)

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The record is made up of 40 folios. It was created in c 1865. 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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Handwritten report, in Lewis Pelly's handwriting about the history of the Shat el Arab [Shatt al Arab] watercourse from the point where it commences at the uniting of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers through to where it flows into 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. .

The reports goes on to describe the agriculture along the watercourse; the deserts beyond; and information about Basrah [Basra] including architectural descriptions and the ruined city of Zobeir [Zubayr].

The report also includes accounts of attacks on the area by nomadic Bedouins who travel the area in winter searching for pastures; the development of a settlement, trade and a Government at Khote [Kuwait], including a description of Pelly's visit there en-route to Riadh [Riyadh]; and giving detailed descriptions of the Sheikh, conversations about Pelly's proposed trip and details of the hospitality Pelly received there.

The report concludes by recounting a story told by Sheikh Sabba [Sabah II bin Jabir Al-Sabah] of two slave girls and their families' efforts to find and be reunited with them.

The report itself is undated, but would have been written sometime after Lewis Pelly's trip to Riyadh which took place February to March 1865.

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Handwritten report regarding the Shat el Arab [Shatt al Arab] watercourse [‎12v] (22/80), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, Mss Eur F126/59, ff 2-41, in Qatar Digital Library <> [accessed 12 November 2019]

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