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'Routes in Arabia' [‎704] (735/852)

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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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R oute N o. 197—coneld.
mound to the north of the gardens is called Akr Tapneh —
(Maunsell). The_ stages from Kut -al-Amarah consist of a
long one to flossau and a short one to Badrah. Xo better
division can be made owing to the want of water and supplies.
3 ZORBATIYAH .. Ihm. General direction
—- 444 • east-north-east. Road
, . 2 m " , , g ood over open, level
plain. Along the left bank of the river. At 3|- miles cross
the Gunjan Cham river, about 50 yards broad and a few inches
in depth, bed stony, banks very easy (October). Along the
left bank, crossing several smairirrigation cuts en route
7|- miles Zorbatlyah, a Turkish frontier town of about 300 houses
surrounded by extensive plantations of date trees and situated
on a level plain ; a few shops. Water plentiful in streams
from the Gunjan Cham river ; slightly brackish but drinkable
Troops can camp in the vicinity to the north-east of the town
Firewood scarce. Road of this stage is passable for guns'
Maunsell went by a more round-about route, making at detour
to the north to avoid the bend? of the river and the irrigation
cuts. The length of his march this way was 22 miles. He
says that the inhabitants of Zorbatiyah are Arabs, including
several Lurs. The town is a straggling place with some good
houses of sun-dried bricks and lies in the centre of a circular
patch of date gardens, about 2 miles in diameter. Each
garden is surrounded by high mud walls with watch towers
at intervals as at Badrah. In the summer nights, when the
fruit is ripe, shots are constantly heard at thieves real or
ROUTE No. 198.
73 miles. 4 stages [5 marches).
Authorities and Vaughan. 1897 : Newmarch
General Description.—There is not much traffic along this
route as a rule. It lies over alluvial plains which after heavy
rain become impassable even for laden pack animals,

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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.

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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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