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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎48] (191/1782)

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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48
Establish
ments and
policy of the
East India
Company,
1653-98.
1661-87.
Company, whose own operations were conducted wholly on joint-stock
principles and who feared private competition. Both sides had recourse
to the Government of the day, and the issue remained long in doubt
Cromwell in 1655 borrowed £50,000 from the East India Company, but
simultaneously he permitted the Merchant Adventurers to equip and
despatch a small separate fleet; and during 1056 the matter remained
under discussion. At length, early in 1657, the Protector, on the advice
of a Council of State, decided that private enterprise by individual
holders in the United Joint Stock must be discontinued. The result was
the accession of a majority of the Merchant Adventurers to the East
India Company upon the usual joint-stock terms of membership.
The character of the East I ndia Company was at this time still in
tht main commeicial j but the Company had now began to assume, partly
driven by events and partly guided by experience, that political status
and position which were in the end to overshadow their mercantile origin.
In 1661, in part payment of the dowry of the Infanta of Portugal
on her marriage to King Charles II of England and in consideration of
an undertaking by England to guarantee the safety of the Portuguese
possessions in the East Indies, the island and harbour of Bombay were
transferred in full sovereignty from the Portuguese to the English
Crown; and in 1662 the Earl of Marlborough was sent from England
with a fleet to take possession ; but he was disappointed in the object of
his mission by the evasions of the local Portuguese authorities. At the
same time Sir George Oxinden was despatched to India as President
and Chief Director of the affairs of the East India Company in Asia;
and the question of how to combine or co-ordinate the rights of tin Kiu^
and the interests of the Company in the East began to be discussed.
In 1665 or 1666 it was proposed by the Company's servants at Surat that
aj p ication should be made for the King's permission to establish a
tory at Bombaj, of which possession had now been resigned by
e Portuguese; but the action eventually taken went far beyond
tins suggestion, for in 1668 Bombay Island was made over by the
Crown to the Company on an annual rent of £10 a year in gold, and
. .. J ®? y . were i mes ted with authority to maintain troops and establish
a oml administration there. In 16^5, under the royal patent, Sir John
Chid was appointed by the Company to be Captain-General and Admiral
lovT rT ^ EaBt; ^ in ]684 ' 14 ^ I-' decided to
to" 1UarterS ot the Company in India from Sunt
of ICS? " measure was not carried into effect until the
spring

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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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