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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎402] (545/1782)

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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402
»al\ of
Masqat,
January
1650*
The end, after this, was not long delayed. Towards the end of 1649,
Masqat being again in a state of siege, but no proper watch kept, a body
of Arabs entered the town by night, killed a number of unresisting
people, and invested the Portuguese Factory and also one of the forts;
the Portuguese commander, being hard pressed, had retired into the fort
and was thus separated from the bulk of his arms, ammunition and
supplies, which, contrary to regulations, were stored in the Factory. B\ a
vessel which arrived at Diu on the 18th of January 1650, carrying some
700 Masqat refugees, news of these events reached India, and a fleet
was at once despatched to Masqat by the Viceroy of Goa; but it arrived
too late. The fort had surrendered on the 23rd of January, and the
Factory three days later, to a very inconsiderable force of Arabs. Some
natives who fought on the Portuguese side were said to have shown
great courage; but the conduct of the Portuguese Captain-General was
pusillanimous, if not treacherous ; and a Portuguese fleet which happened
to be present in the harbour, instead of attempting to recover the town,
had weighed anchor for Diu. To escape the results of an enquiry into his
behaviour on this occasion, the commander of the fleet, Braz Caldeira de
M attos, subsequently fled to Cochin ; he was condemned, but could not
in any case have been executed, being a Cavalheiro.
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Prosperity
and naval
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Relations of Persia and England with 'Oman, 1625-50.
In 1625, as mentioned in the chapter on the General History 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. , the Persians, under an alleged agreement, claimed the
assistance of the English, their recent allies in the capture of Hormuz,
for the purpose of reducing Masqat. It was considered by the represent
atives at Surat of the East India Company that it would be inexpedient
plainly to deny the obligation, but they found means of evading com
pliance with the Persian demand.
Internal affairs of 'Oman from the expulsion of the Portuguese to
the Persian invasion, 1650-1736.
The Warabi era was, for the most part, one of internal peace and
prosperity, during which wealth increased and learning flourished; it was
iremarkable also for a sudden and extraordinary development of naval
* The version of the capture of Masqat given by Hamilton in his New Account
(T. 59-62) appears improbable, though he had it from an individual who professed to
be an eye-witnesa.

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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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