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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎70] (213/1782)

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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the Masqat Arabs to their having been supplied by the EagliBh at
Bombay with ammunition, alleging further that the 'Omani vessels were
frequently commanded by Englishmen and flew the English flag-; and in
the same year Portuguese shipping seems to have suffered severely from
the operations of European pirates, who, it was asserted by the Portu
guese, held passes from the English East India Company, but the
Company denied connection with them and repudiated responsibility for
their actions. On the 13th of May 1698 two Portuguese frigates were
attacked off Kas-al-Hadd by a flotilla of eight 'Omani vessels, commanded
by the Wali of Matrah, and a fight ensued which lasted for three hours;
the result was the defeat of the Arabs with a large number kiUed
including their commander, while the Portuguese lost only five men
killed and eleven wounded. About 1699 Mombasah was captured by the
'Omanis,—who retained it until its temporary recovery by the Portuguese
in 1728,—and a general massacre of Portuguese took place along the
whole African coast.
1714-19. After this there was apparently a lull in the hostilities until the 19th
of February 1714, when the Arabs attacked a Portuguese fleet off Surat;
but the Portuguese on this occasion, with a loss to themselves of 28 killed
and 34 wounded, drove their assailants out to sea; and the Arab flagship
was even said to have foundered, on her way home, from injuries received
in the action. Shortly afterwards the Arabs, burning to avenge this
disgrace, appeared with a fleet off Kung and demanded the surrender of
the Portuguese Factor there by the Shahbandar, but again they were
beaten off with loss. In February 1719, circumstances being propitious,
a Portuguese squadron was sent to the Gulf, and on the 4th of August
it brought au Arab fleet to action off Kung; the first day's engagement,
which lasted from 9 a.m . to 7 p.m . was favourable to the Portuguese,
and on the next day they undertook a pursuit of the enemy, not returning
to Kung until the bth of August. In these first encounters the Portu
guese had 10 men killed and 35 wounded. Meanwhile the Arabs had
retired acioss the Gulf to Ras-al-Khaimah, in the neighbourhood of
which place the Portuguese, suspecting them to be countenanced by the
English and the Dutch, again sought them out on the 29th of August,
and, after more fighting, drove the last of them into port on the 2nd of
Septembei. Ihe piisoners taken in these wars were made slaves on both
sides j ihe captives of the 'Omanis are said to have been the better
treated.

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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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