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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎23] (166/1782)

The record is made up of 2 volumes (1624 pages). It was created in 1915. 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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Expulsion of the Portuguese from Hormuz, 1622.
In 1621 Shah 'Abbas 1 was ready to undertake the expulsion of the Arrangement
Portuguese from their stronghold at Hormuz, the existence of which he p^fans and
regarded as prejudicial both to the honour and to the prosperity of his the English,
country. His claims to Hormuz were advanced through Qambar Baig
Khan of Lar, who asserted that the island had been tributary to Lar
before the coming of De Albuquerque. The difference between the
Persians and the Portuguese in regard to the silk trade had become
acutCj and the commercial operations of the Portuguese were being
harassed by the Persians, who had even seized some of their merchants
A final victory over the Turks near Tabriz in 1618 had removed
all danger to Persia on that side j and the power of the Shah for
external offensive action was now so great that about 16*20
he easily made himself master of Qandahar. For the capture of
Hormuz, however, a naval force was necessary j and Shah 'Abbas, as he
possessed none, was obliged to have recourse to the English. The l/ast
India Company, it would seem, at first hesitated to embroil themselves
in the affair; but eventually, towards the end of 1621, the President
and Council of Factors at Surat issued a commission to Captains Blythe
and Weddell, who were then bound for Jashk with the ships
" London," "Jonas," "Whale," "Dolphin" and "Lion" and the
"pinnaces"* "Rose," "Robert," "Richard" and "Shillinge,"
authorising them, in view of the depredations and threats of the
Portuguese, to capture the ships of that nation and even, if a council of
officers should consider it feasible, to attack them in their ports.
On the 23rd December 1621 the English squadron arrived at Kuhistak
on the coast of the Minab district; they had apparently been prevented
by the Persians, who demanded their assistance against Hormuz, fiom
doing business at Jashk; and, further to constrain the English to take
part in the operations, one of their trading caravans from Isfahan was
detained at Minab under orders from Imam Quli Khan, Governor of
Fars, to whom the task of capturing Hormuz had been committed by the
Shah. The Governor of Fars, on his arrival at Minab, was waited on
by Monox and Bell, the former being now the Company's principal
representative in Persia, who propounded to him the several conditions
on which the Company were willing to co-operate with him against
* The " pinnace " of that day was a schooner-rigged vessel of 2 or 3 masts, also
propelled by cars, it was mounted with guns ana used in war.

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Theses two volumes make up Volume I, Part IA and Part IB (Historical) (pages i-778 and 779-1624) of the Gazetteer 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. , ’Omān and Central Arabia (Government of India: 1915), compiled by John Gordon Lorimer and completed for press by Captain L Birdwood.

Part 1A contains an 'Introduction' (pages i-iii) written by Birdwood in Simla, dated 10 October 1914. There is also a 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Tables' (page v-viii) and 'Detailed Table of Contents' (pages ix-cxxx), both of which cover all volumes and parts of the Gazetteer .

Parts IA and IB consist of nine chapters:

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2 volumes (1624 pages)
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Volume I, Part I has been divided into two bound volumes (1A and 1B) for ease of binding. Part 1A contains an 'Introduction', 'Table of Chapters, Annexures, Appendices and Genealogical Trees' and 'Detailed Table of Contents'. The content is arranged into nine chapters, with accompanying annexures, that relate to specific geographic regions 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 chapters are sub-divided into numbered periods according, for example, to the reign of a ruler or regime of a Viceroy, or are arbitrarily based on outstanding land-marks in the history of the region. Each period has been sub-divided into subject headings, each of which has been lettered. The annexures focus on a specific place or historical event. Further subject headings also appear in the right and left margins of the page. Footnotes appear occasionally at the bottom of the page to provide further details and references.

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Foliation: The foliation sequence is circled in pencil, in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. of each folio. The sequence runs through parts IA and IB as follows:

  • Volume I, Part IA: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 1, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 456. Total number of folios: 456. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 460.
  • Volume I, Part IB: The sequence begins on the first folio with text, on number 457, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 878. It should be noted that folio 488 is followed by folio 488A. Total number of folios: 423. Total number of folios including covers and flysheets: 427.
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