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‘Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97 (Foreign Dept serial no. 92). Calcutta: Supt. Govt. Printing, 1897 & Appendices to the Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97’ [‎220v] (8/31)

The record is made up of 1 volume (35 folios). It was created in 1897. 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 on 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. political
$15,000 annually which was finally effected, though falling considerably short
of the originally estimated yield, offers better prospects than those hitherto
secured.
Last year's report explained how the Sultan, after some hesitation and
capriciousness, had finally decided to decline the aid of a war vessel, proffered
by Government under certain conditions, towards the recovery of Dhofar.
A few months ago, however. His Highness' desire for the restoration of his
authority in the revolted province was revived, and, notwithstanding the crip
pling of his finances which the futile attempt to coerce the Beni Ruaheh had
entailed, an expedition was resolved upon. The Government of India assented,
at His Highness' request, to give the aid of a man-of-war to support the
Sultan's troops, upon the same terms as before, waiving, however, under cer-
tain conditions, the insistence upon the exclusion of Sheikh Suleiman bin
Suwailim from the Waliship. Complete success attended this enterprise. 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. proceeded to Dhofar in H. M. S. Cossack, and the
Sultan deputed his brother Seyed Mahomed bin Turki to accompany the Hesi-
dent in the R. I. M. S. Lawrence. Captain Beville, conveying a letter
from the Resident to the representatives of the rebels, explained to them in a
personal interview, the terms offered, and gave them assurances, on the part of
the Sultan, of pardon for the past, and just treatment in the future; negotia
tions followed, and frequent communications passed, till the opposition was
gradually overcome. Some time previously, the Maskat troops had been assem
bled at the nearest to the coast of the small group of villages constituting
Dhofar, off which H. M. S. Cossack was lying. Just before the expiry of the
period granted by the ultimatum which had been communicated to the mal
contents, the flags which had defiantly been flown were struck in sign of sub
mission, and the satisfactory solution of a formal restoration of the Sultan's
authority was thus secured without a resort to force.
In pursuance of his cherished policy, the Sultan subsequently sent Sheikh
Suleiman to replace the Wali who had been provisionally installed, but accord
ing to the latest report, just after the close of the year, had again recalled
him in consequence of a disturbance which it is hoped may prove insigni
ficant. 0
Indications of an increased activity in the slave trade have been apparent,
and it is to be feared that a large number of slaves have been carried from
the African coast to Sur, and thence distributed inland and up the coasts of
Oman and 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. . In May 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. , in the absence of
any war vessel, personally effected the capture of an Arab Dhow with 28 slaves
on board. This very creditable enterprise was successfully carried out by
Captain Beville, with great promptitude and courage. Captures were also
made by H. M. SS. Lapwing and Sphinx. A group of Baluchis of the
Batineh, who had for long kidnapped and sold Mekranis into slavery, were
nought to account, and after trial before 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. and a representa-
live or the Sultan, were punished with imprisonment.
• ■^ ra ^ e ^ as shown veiy satisfactory results. In dates there was an increase
m le expor o ovei a lakh of dollars in value, compared with the preceding
year, notwithstanding gloomy prospects at one time. The figures show a very
large increase m the total volume of trade; allowance must, however, be made
or a great undervaluation of the arms imported in the year 1895-96, and
making a further deduction on account of the movements of specie, there still
remains a substantial improvement in the value of trade, of over three lakhs
o o ars. n arms, even after the liberal allowance made for undervaluation
active PreVl0US year ' it is evident that th e trade has been considerably more

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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 1896-97 followed by a separate series of appendices to this report. Both 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 (folios 220-223) written by Colonel Frederick Alexander Wilson, 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. , that gives a summary of developments in the region during the past year. It is divided up as follows:

1. Oman-Maskat Coast.

2. Oman Pirate Coast.

3. Bahrein [Bahrain].

4. El Hasa [Al Hasa].

5. Katif [Al Qatif] and Katr [Qatar].

6. Kowait [Kuwait].

7. Persian Arabistan.

8. Fars and Persian Coast.

9. Persian Baluchistan and Mekran.

10. Slave Trade.

11. Piracy.

12. Royal Navy.

13. Official Changes.

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 1896-97 (folios 224-225) written by Captain Francis Granville Beville, 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 the region throughout the previous year.

Part 4 (sic), is a Maskat Trade Report for the Year 1896-97 (folios 225v-226) written by Captain Francis Granville Beville, 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 (folios 226v-228) that follows the report contains the following tables:

Table 1 - Imports into Maskat.

Table 2 - Exports from Maskat.

Table 3 - Showing total number and tonnage of vessels of each nation that entered the Port of Maskat.

Table 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 and Commerce of Mohammerah for the Year 1896 (folios 228v-229) written by W McDouall, Vice-Consul, Mohammerah. Appendix A (229v-231) that follows the report contains a series of tables related to trade to/from Mohammerah.

A separate series of appendices that follows the Administration report is contained on folios 233-267 and includes two meteorological tables and 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 1896 (folios 236-237) written by 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. 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. . The trade report itself has an appendix (folios 238-267) that contains a series of 27 tables related to several aspects of trade in the region.

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1 volume (35 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 219) which list the report's contents.

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‘Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97 (Foreign Dept serial no. 92). Calcutta: Supt. Govt. Printing, 1897 & Appendices to the Administration Report on the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Maskat Political Agency for 1896-97’ [‎220v] (8/31), British Library: India Office Records and Private Papers, IOR/V/23/71, No 347, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023555834.0x00000a> [accessed 21 February 2020]

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