'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915'  (578/1782)
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 private property of the ruler, accumulated for the beuefit of his
children, consisted largely in date-plantations.
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Military and naval resources of Saiyid Sultan.
The standing- army of Saiyid Sultan was composed of about 300 armed
slaves and 1,700 Sindi, Baluchi, and Arab mercenaries ; in addition to these,
however, all Arab subjects were bound to render military service in an
emergency, while some enjoyed grants of revenue on condition of respond
ing to every call to arms, and so formed a kind of militia. It was
calculated that Saiyid Sultan, with the assistance of his brothers Sa J id
and Qais, could put 20,000 men in the field in J Oman; but his means of
carrying on war abroad were more restricted; and in the expedition
against Bahrain in 1802 his force only amounted to 7,000 men, of whom
2,500 were Persians.
The strength of his fleet is uncertain,* but it must have been relatively
powerful; for, though he could not entirely protect his long coast line
against the great maritime combination which the Wahhabis raised
against him, he never apparently hesitated to seek out and bring to action
his enemies at sea.
Trade of 'Oman under Saiyid Sultan.
The mercantile marine of 'Oman was at this time in a most
flourishing state, and trade had increased enormously in the later days
of the Imam Ahmad and since his death.
No less than fifteen ships of 400 to 700 tons, besides three brigs,
belonged in the time of Saiyid Sultan to the port of Masqat alone, while
Sur was the headquarters of a fleet of a hundred sea-going vessels of
various sizes. The largest craft made voyages to Bengal, returning by
Malaya and Batavia, or touching at places on the Malabar coast; and
commercial intercourse was maintained by vessels of inferior capacity
with 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 western coasts of India, East Africa and
Foreign trade was on a scale corresponding with this large commercial Foreign
navy; and it was carefully protected by the local government, who
* Hi» flagship the "Gunjava" was a vessel of 1,000 tons, carrying 32 guns of
various calibres. In 1800 he had three others riggcJ and armed in the European
manner, each of more than 20 guns.
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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:
- 'Chapter I. 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. Region' (Part IA, pages 1-396);
- 'Chapter II. History of the ’Omān Sultanate' (Part IA, pages 397-629);
- 'Chapter III. History of Trucial ’Omān' (Part IA, page 630-Part IB, page 786);
- 'Chapter IV. History of Qatar' (Part IB, pages 787-835);
- 'Chapter V. History of Bahrain' (Part IB, pages 836-946);
- 'Chapter VI. History of Hasa' (Part IB, pages 947-999);
- 'Chapter VII. History of Kuwait' (Part 1B, pages 1000-1050);
- 'Chapter VIII. History of Najd or Central Arabia' (Part 1B, pages 1051-1178);
- 'Chapter IX. History of Turkish ’Iraq' (Part 1B, pages 1179-1624).
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- 2 volumes (1624 pages)
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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