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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎29] (172/1782)

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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Portuguese shot, some of which were nearly 9 inches in diameter. In the
final action the Portuguese were severely handled and to a great extent
dismasted ; but the English and Dutch, for want of ammunition, were
unable to follow them when they drew off. Ruy Freire at first retired to
the Arabian mainland opposite, where a few * days after the battle he
was seen by the Italian traveller Pietro della Valle, probably at Khor
Quwai. The English had 29 killed in all, and the Dutch a similar number
including their commodore, while the Portuguese lost two captains and
about 40 men in the last encounter, besides Botello and others in those that
preceded. The general result must have been unfavourable to the Portu
guese, for after this they made no more attempts to recover Hormuz.f In
1625 they made a peace with the Persians by which the transfer of Hormuz
and Qishm to Shah "'Abbas was confirmed, but a moiety of the customs
of Kung, near the modern Lingeh, was assigned to them; it was
probably at this time that Basidu also, which they had formerly held,
passed out of their possession. In 1625 the Portuguese were as
unpopular as ever on the coasts of the Gulf. It was observed by the
Italian traveller Pietro della Yalle that they could not safely land on the
Batinah coast; and boats sent ashore for water from the Portuguese
vessel in which he journeyed were repulsed with musket shots by the
inhabitants of Bardistan.
Soon after the destruction of Hormuz, where, though accounts differ,
it would seem that little except the fort now remained, the representatives
of the East India Company settled at Bandar 'Abbas. Permission was
granted them by the Shah, in 1623 or 1624, to occupy two houses there;
but they were not allowed to erect any building of their own, lest they
should turn it into a castle. In 1624, owing to a combination among
Persian dealers to raise the price of silk, the Company s business came to
a standstill. The Factory at Isfahan was on the point of being closed,
when Shah 'Abbas intervened and by means of timely concessions induced
the Factors to remain until the pleasure of the Company should be
known. At Bandar 'Abbas, likewise, little or no business was done; and
in January 1624, the Company in London, though not yet aware of the
point that matters had reached on the spot, instructed Kerridge, who was
on leave at home and whom they now appointed to the charge of the
factory at Surat, to act as their agent in "re-settling or dissolving"
♦The 8th February (0. S.) would correspond to the 2l8t February (N. S.).
tThe Spanish historian claims the victory for the Portuguese, who, he says, sank 3
of their adversaries' ships and chased the remainder, besides inflicting on the allies a
loss of 1,000 men. On the other hand, an English captain, who was present in the
fight claimed that 800 Portuguese had been killed.
Precarious
condition of
English trade
in Persia,
1624-25.

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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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