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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎37] (180/1782)

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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Decline of Portuguese power in the Gulf, 1628-53.
The Portug'iiese ; though fallen from their high estate in ihe East,
continued for a time to be a military danger to the Eng-lish.
Captain Swanley, who in 1628-29 went as Commodore of a fleet of Captain ^
five of the Company's ships to 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. , to advance English trade craise^l^S-
and to land a Mughal Ambassador to Persia at Bandar 'Abbas, was 29,
commissioned to attack in the course of his voyage any Portuguese vessel
or fleet which he might discover; but it is not known whether he found
any opportunity of taking action on this part of his instructions.
In 1630 the Viceroy of Goa, having received reinforcements from Renewed
activity of
Europe, attempted to prevent an English fleet from approaching Surat; tlic Portu-
but the result of the actions which ensued, by sea and on land, was guese, 16.i0-
unfavourable to the Portuguese ; and the Viceroy then transferred his
attention to 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. . A Portuguese envoy, with instructions
from the King of Spain authorising him to resort to bribery, was at
this time sent, or had already proceeded, to Shiraz, where he succeeded in
gaining the ear of the Persian Governor of Ears ; and, through the latter,
a request for the rendition of Hormuz to the Portuguese was preferred to
the Shah and certain privileges for Portuguese trade at Kung were either
secured for the first time or confirmed. At one moment it was feared
that Portuguese influence in Persia was about to eclipse that of the
English j but the agents of the East India Company were still able to
obtain from the Slmh an order for 200 Persian troops to proceed to
Bandar 'Abbas to defend the English Eactory and shipping there against
Portuguese attack; and ultimately, in 1631, the Portuguese were dis
appointed by the Persians and fell back on designs of seizing Hormuz by
force. These, however, they were unable to put into execution, though
to facilitate operations they established a post* at or near Ras-al-Khaimah
on the Arabian Coast,
In 1632 and 1633 the Persians were anxious to take the offensive Hostility ^
against the Portuguese at Masqat, and the Governor of Shiraz extorted p ers i alls and
a promise of naval assistance from the English, who feared that, if they the
. _ , i j i guese, loo-i-
did not comply, the Khan might have recourse to the Dutch; the gg
projected expedition, however, never took shape. In 1631 the Portuguese
repaired the fortifications of Masqat. In 1638, when Mandelslo
visited Bandar 'Abbas, the Portuguese language was still spoken, more
or less, by all the native inhabitants; but Portuguese and Spaniards
* Viz., at *' Julfar."—See footnote on page 22 ante.

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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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