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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎31] (174/1782)

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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Dutch in 1625, was constantly attacked and in danger of being lost; and
after that event, its occupation being no longer necessary, it seems to
have been abandoned. The materials of Hormuz were largely utilised
by the Persians to build the town which had begun to spring up at
Bandar 'Abbas, but some of them were carried off by the Dutch to
Batavia.
The Dutch, whose position in the East was now becoming strong,
took advantage of the fall of Hormuz to establish a trade at Bandar
'Abbas, and, as we have seen, they co-operated with the English in finally
defeating the Portuguese; but their intentions were much distrusted by
the English Company's servants. One of the reasons given by Kerridge
and his council for maintaining the English Factories in Persia was that
the Dutch had intruded themselves and " scandalised our intendments
unto the Sophy."* It was strongly suspected that the Dutch were
intriguing with the Persians to obtain possession of the deserted settle
ment of Hormuz for themselves, or that they might attempt to seize it
by force ; and fear of being supplanted by the Dutch made the English
very cautious in declining to meet Persian demands for naval assistance.
Further, the Dutch declined to pay customs at Bandar 'Abbas and,
though dunned by the English Factory, persisted in their refusal.
Meanwhile the power of Shah 'Abbas I continued to increase, and his
frontiers to extend, chiefly at the expense of Turkey. In 1623 the
Persian armies overran 'Iraq and took Baghdad, of which the Persians
remained in possession until 1638; Kadhimain, Karbala and Najaf with
their Shi'ah Shrines, as also Rillah, came under the Shah; but Basrah
seems to have been successfully defended by its Turkish governor with
the help of the Portuguese, vho in 1625, a Persian army being then in
the neighbourhood, kept five ships at Basrah to help the Turks. On the
23rd of March 1625, tlie Persians suddenly abandoned their attack on
Basrah.
Proceedings
of the Dutch.
Increasing
power of
Shah 'Abbas.
The embassy of Sir Dodmore Cotton to Persia, 1626-28.
Sir Robert SherWs mission to Spain having ended in failure not- Proceedings
„ „ . ■* t 1 • j xi, i- n r n - of Sir Robert
withstanding a sojourn of five years m Madrid, or the lall of Hormuz g^erley and
having caused him to change his views, he proceeded to England in ^bassy of
1622 or 1623. On the 28th of January 1624, and again on the Baig to Eng-
13th of April 1625, he had audiences of the King, at which he ^ 1623 -
* That is the Sh&h of the day, from the name of the Safavi dynasty to which he
belonged.

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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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