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'Routes in Arabia' [‎56] (89/852)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (425 folios). 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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ROUTE No. 16.
00 J miles, 4 stages.
Anthorities.—liimtand.nt A. T. Wilson, 1912.
J. Stagno-Navarra, August, 1912.
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. Gazetteer, 1903.
General Description. —A track regularly used by local in
habitants on their way to and from Basrah, on foot or on' horse
back, but not for the transport of merchandise, for which purpose
the river route is always employed. From Fao telegraph office to
Ma amarah, at mile 6, there are difficulties, though not serious,
for wheeled transport, and a rough road would have to be made
to give it access to the desert. But for this the road is fit for
wheels the whole way, except after wet weather, when for as
much as a month at a time it becomes too soft to move carts
over it. It may be said to follow the telegraph line closely
and to keep within two miles of the river, and within a few
hundred yards of the date groves, all fhe way. It is excellent
going in dry weather throughout its whole length. From
near the fort at Fao, to Ma'amarah, a new dam has been made
to keep out the salt water. Horses can go along the top of this
embankment, but wheeled transport would have to keep to the
west side of it on desert soil, and this is generally bad going for
wheels, as it is at this point a salt mud flat which never dries,
and is flooded at high tides. This condition, however, ceases
above Shaikh Naghaimish's village in Ma'amarah, 7 miles up
stream from Fao telegraph office. At Durah, stage 1, and Saihan,
stage 3, the date groves narrow down to a few yards, or are non
existent. Tne river is deep to at both place •, and ships with
supplies can be bi ought clobe m to tuc bank.

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This volume contains descriptions of the 'more important of the known routes in Arabia proper' produced by the General Staff in Simla, India. It is divided up as follows:

Part I - Routes in North-Eastern, Eastern, and Southern Arabia.

Part II - Routes in South-Western, Western, and North-Western Arabia.

Part III - Miscellaneous Routes in Mesopotamia.

Appendix A - Information about Routes etc in the Rowanduz District by Abdullah Pasha, Hereditary Chief of Rowanduz and ex-official of the Turkish Government.

Appendix B - Information relating to Navigation etc of the Tigris between Mosul and Baghdad supplied by our Raftsmen.

The volume contains a Glossary of Arabic Terms used in the route descriptions and a map of Arabia with the routes marked on it.

Extent and format
1 volume (425 folios)

Divided into three sections as outlined in the scope and content.

The file contains a contents page that lists all of the routes included on folios 6-13 and uses the original printed pagination system.

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Condition: A bound, printed volume.

Foliation: The file's foliation sequence commences at the front cover and terminates at the inside back cover; these numbers are written in pencil, are circled, and are located in the top right corner of the recto The front of a sheet of paper or leaf, often abbreviated to 'r'. side of each folio. Please note that f 424 is housed inside f 425.

Pagination: The volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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