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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’ [‎222v] (12/31)

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 REPOUT 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
met by calling in a part of the copper and fixing the rate provisionally at 30
Shahis for the kran.
His Eoyal Highness Hissam-es-Sultaneh, who, at the close of the year
1895-96, was appointed to the Governorship of Bushire and the Gulf Ports,
proceeded in a very leisurely manner to the seat of his authority, not arriving
at Bushire till the middle of June.
Complaints were made by the mail steamer agents of extreme difficulty
and delay in the discharge of cargo in September, followed by a joint protest
by all the British firms against the injury thus suffered.
In January the Indo-European Telegraph Station at Reshire, 5 miles from
Bushire, was the scene of a serious mob outrage. After some premonitory
menaces, a mob consisting of several hundreds, of whom many were armed
with guns, rushed to the destruction of the ,bench marks of the recently
completed longitude operations, close to the main building. Resistance was
out of the question, and the mob, after effectingjthe wreck of these marks, pro
ceeded to the tidal observatory by the sea, where they similarly destroyed the
tidal level record. The outrage which was instigated by the Syeds was in pur
suance of a vulgar superstition, that these record marks had been the cause of
the deficient rainfall. At the close of the year the mutilated scientific records
were formally replaced.
In the early cold weather the appearance of the plague at Bombay neces
sitated the adoption of quarantine precautions. The resources of the Persian
Government were unequal to the inauguration of efficient measures, and the
onus devolved on this Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. . Quarantine was eventually placed on a
satisfactory and efficient footing at Bunder Abbas, Lingah, and Mohammerah
for which the services of Assistant Surgeons were lent by the Government of
India, as well as at Bushire.
Kishm Island was visited by a terrible calamity. On the night of the 11th
January an earthquake laid the town in ruins, only two musjids and three or four
other buildings being left standing. Sixteen hundred bodies were reported to have
been recovered from the ruins, besides those of strangers which were not identi
fied. Shocks were felt as far as liingah to the west, and on the neighbouring
Island of Larak where some loss of life was also reported.
9.—PERSIAN BALUCHISTAN AND MEKRAN.
At Charbar there was serious and long-continued trouble regarding rival
claims to the subsidies paid by the Telegraph Department, in consideration of
protection for their land line. The superior provincial authority at Bampur,
being itself at one time contested and in doubt, the subordinate local Chiefs
who are the recipients of the Telegraph subsidies, were in conflict in regard to
the title to the payments as derived from one or other of the contending
superiors. The position was by no means an easy one for the Telegraph
Superintendent, on whom the rival demands were constantly pressed. The
matter was shortly afterwards settled for the time, by payment for the half-year
up to June 1896, being made to Mohamed Khan, one of the claimants, whose
title seemed to be the most in orde^ In February of 1897 there was a recrudes-
cence of the same dispute, and it was necessary, in order to avoid the risk of
mischief, to make the next payment to another candidate, who appeared to
have substantial support.
10.—SLAVE TRADE.
An increased activity in the slave trade has already been commented upon
above. r

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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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