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'Gazetteer of the Persian Gulf. Vol I. Historical. Part IA & IB. J G Lorimer. 1915' [‎548] (691/1782)

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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1897 the services of the French war-vessel "Surprise" were offered for
the suppression of a rebellion in Dhufar but were declined by the Sultan.
The scheme for advancing French influence by a wide distribution of
the French flag, though now for the first time boldly pursued in 'Oman,
was by no means a novelty in French political practice. So early as 1860
the French colonial authorities at Nossibe and Mayotte began to issue
French papers to owners of native vessels who were not French subjects;
and in 1863 the circumstance was brought to the notice of Her Majesty's
Government as an obstacle to the suppression of the slave trade, for
vessels to which the French flag was granted became, ipso facto, exempt
from search by British cruisers. In 1869 it was reported that nearly
eveiy native vessel to the south of Zanzibar now sailed under French
colours, and evidence of the manner in which the French flag was abused
to give cover to the slave trade in African waters continued to
accumulate. This aspect of the question specially engaged the attention
of Sir Bartle Frere on his mission to Zanzibar in 1873, but it is foreign
to our present subject.
It was in 189], about the time when French interest in 'Oman began
to revive and the Franco-Russian understanding relating to the Persian
Gulf was formed, that the question of the French flag first attracted
serious attention at Masqat; it was found that already 13 Nakhudas of
Sur were in possession of French colours, and that the flag was now granted
not only in Madagascar but also at Obock, and even at Aden by the
rench Consul at Aden. The Sultan, who foresaw that a French claim
to protect vessels at sea might easily develop into a claim to protect the
persons and property of 'Om&ni subjects connected with those vessels on
s ore, at once took up the question; but, though he succeeded in
obtaining the attendance of 200 Jannabah at Masqat to discuss it, he
was unable to check the growth of the practice. The Sultan also
appealed to the Government of India for advice and proposed to address
a remonstrance to the head of the French Republic, but the Government
of Indm requested him to refrain from direct pretest until they had
inform'I h' « ^ ^ the ^e time, however, they
no Xl 1 A the ^ flag by his ^ -W have
12^0^^ sa£eiy take ^ ^
subjects as might Z "t f ^
the British ami f, i n fla £- Communication between
by the " ! T T" 8 " EUI - 0pe resnlted - disavowal
the next v«ur the fl ' Cc " lsu ' at Aden, and early in
the flagS 1S6Ued at ^en were withdrawn from the holders:

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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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