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‘Report on the administration of the Persian Gulf Political Residency and Muscat Political Agency for the year 1875-76’ [‎11v] (17/102)

The record is made up of 1 volume (48 folios). It was created in 1876. 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 Documents collected in a private capacity. .

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8 ADMINISTRATION REPORT OF THE PERSIAN GULF The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. POLITICAL RESIDENCY An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India.
Mulk " The authority of this Governor extends over a tract reaching
on the sea side from about thirty miles north of the town of Bushire
to the port of Deyyer to the south.
The Government of Bushire is divided into districts as follows
Bushire with Heyat Daood and Ang-alee.
Dashtistan.
Tengistan.
Dashtee.
.x. Bushire district extends along the coast from Bunder Reg
to Halilah Bay, and comprises under the town of Bushire the coastal
sub-district of Hevat Daood and another to the north of town called
Angalee, for each of which there are headmen under the immediate
superintendence of the Governor.
The district (2) of Dashtistan consists of that portion of the low-
Ivino- plain between the sea and the mountains extending from the
village of Dalikee to about Chakoota. The principal town of this district
is Borazian, and the headman or Zabit of the whole district is Mohammed
Hassan Khan. The villages of Dashtistan amount to about twenty-
four.
Next to Dashtistan to the southward is the district of (3) Tengis-
tan, in which are upwards of thirty villages, the Chief of which is
Ahram. This district opens on the sea. The present Zabits" are
Ali Khan and Haidar Khan. The inhabitants are a race renowned for
bravery and speaking a dialect peculiar to themselves.
(4.) Dashtee is a more extensive and populous district than either
of the two just mentioned. It has some 85 villages, the principal towns
being Khormuj, and the present Chief, Haidar Khan. Dashtee lies
south of Tengistan, and is bounded on the west by the sea, to the south
by the Kongoon and Jam District, whilst to the eastward it extends to
Booshkan in one of the valleys above the first range of mountains.
The Bushire districts are dependent almost entirely on the rainfall
for the growth of crops. The rivers of Khisht and Dalikee skirting
the district of Dashtistan, unite and flow into the Rohillah creek some
miles north of the town of Bushire. The lower part of Dashtee is
traversed by a river which flows into the creek called Khor Ziaret. It
is supposed that this is the river called further up the Karagach (the
ancient Silakus), which is supposed to rise near Shahpoor and flow round
to the eastward of Ferozabad.
The Khor Ziaret can be entered by vessels of not exceeding six
feet draught, and is navigable for such craft for some miles. I recently
proceeded up the creek for about twelve miles, and the information eli
cited fiom the inhabitants of the district tended to confirm the con
jecture that here is the embouchure of the Karagach river. It would
be an interesting and useful undertaking to march up this river as far
as possible.
districts. name, Whereas the y should ha ve been mentioned as distinct

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Administration report of the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. and Muscat Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. for 1875-76, published by Authority at the Foreign Department Press, Calcutta [Kolkata], 1876, and forming part of the Selections from the Records of the Government of India, Foreign Department (no. 128). The administration report is based on reports sent by the Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Charles Ross) and the Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. at Muscat to the Government of India. The report is preceded by a copy of a letter sent by Captain William Francis Prideaux, Officiating Political Resident A senior ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul General) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Residency. in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. , to the Officiating Secretary to the Government of India, dated 5 July 1876, which enclosed the submission of the original reports to the Government of India (folio 8).

The report is organised in a number of sections and subsections, as follows:

Part 1: Administration Report for 1875-76 (folios 8-10) signed by Ross, dated 6 April 1876, and arranged under subheadings as follows: General; Petty Chiefdoms (Oman Coast); Bahrain [referred to as Bahrein throughout]; Nejd [Najd] and El Katr or Guttur [Qatar]; the Persian Coast; Bassidore [Bāsa‘īdū]; the Government of Fars and Shiraz; Establishments (political, medical, postal, naval), and the slave trade.

Part 2: Memorandum on the Governments and Districts of Fars for 1875-76 (folios 20-21), signed by Ross, dated April 1876, and arranged under subheadings as follows: I. Behbehan; II. Government of Bushire and districts; III. Government of Lar and Saba; IV. Government of Bunder Abbass [Bandar-e ʻAbbās]; V. Government of Dārāb; VI. Government of Iklid and Ābādeh; a list of governments or districts and collectorates of Fars not included in the six principal governments; Eeliat or nomad tribes of Fars; a list of places on the coast of Persian from Mashoor to Bandar-e ʻAbbās; a number of lists of the coastal ports and villages under different rulers in the different districts in Fars; details of the distance and staging points on the routes from Moghoo to Lar, Lingah [Bandar-e Lengeh] to Lar, Bandar-e ʻAbbās to Lar, and Ferozubad to Kerman through Fasa and Dārāb; a table of the revenue of Fars, supplied by Mirza Hassan Ali Khan, the Agent at Shiraz.

Part 3: Memorandum showing number of Returns accompanying the Trade Report of the Residency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. (folios 21-44): a series of twenty-seven statistical tables containing data on imports and exports in the Persian Gulf The historical term used to describe the body of water between the Arabian Peninsula and Iran. ports of Bushire, Bandar-e Lengeh, Bahrain, and the Arab Coast. There is an index of the statistical tables on folio 21.

Part 4: Administration report of the Political Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. , Muscat, for the year 1875-76 (folios 44-46), prepared by Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Barrett Miles, Her Britannic Majesty’s Political Agent A mid-ranking political representative (equivalent to a Consul) from the diplomatic corps of the Government of India or one of its subordinate provincial governments, in charge of a Political Agency. and Consul at Muscat. The report is chiefly a summary of political events over the year in Muscat, with additional, brief summaries: on personnel changes at the Agency An office of the East India Company and, later, of the British Raj, headed by an agent. ; the slave trade; general trade, with figures for the value of trade exports and imports, expressed in dollars; climate; customs.

Part 5, prepared by Miles (folios 47-53) comprises six statistical tables containing trade data relating to Muscat: average tonnage of vessels entering and leaving the port of Muscat; imports and exports, listed by commodity; and contrasted statements on vessels and imported goods.

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1 volume (48 folios)
Arrangement

The report is arranged into five parts (I-V), each of which is subdivided into a number of smaller sections by headings and subheadings. There is a contents page at the front of the report (folios 6-7), which refers to the report’s internal pagination sequence.

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Foliation: There is a foliation sequence, which 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. It begins on the first folio with text, on number 5, and ends on the last folio with text, on number 53.

Pagination: The volume contains an original typed pagination sequence.

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