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'File 27/12 V TRADE REPORT 1923/24 1924/25 1925/26 1926/27 1927/28' [‎107r] (218/800)

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The record is made up of 2 volumes (392 folios). It was created in 26 Sep 1921-3 Nov 1928. It was written in English, Arabic and French. 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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I 0 U
m KUWAIT AMD XT ki umABnAirzs .
Th# frontier Xin* of Kuwait is as follows:-
starting from tL@ Southern portion of His al-Qulai’ah
(42 miles from Kuwait) f with the town as centre it describes
an arc towards the West until it intersects 29° latitude,
and from this point runs in a straight line to the Batin,
opposite the junction og the Wadi al-’Aujah with the Batin,
The line then runs Northward along the Batin to a point Just
south of the latitude of Bafwan: then Eastward, passing just
South of Jahal Sanaa, Safwan and Uim Qasr, and so on to the
junction of Khuwair with the Khaur f Afcdullah* The territory
enclosed within this line and the Persian aulf, together
with the island of War hah, Bubiyan, Maskan, Pailakah, • Auhah,
Kuhhar and Umm al-Maradim, is recognised as belonging to
Kuwait.
The tract of country hounded on the North by the Sou
thern portion of the Kuwait frontier as described abo*?e, on
the East by the sea, on the West by the Shaqd# and on the
South by the straight line running due East from the Shaqo
through *Ain &1- * AM to the sea North of Has al«Mlsh*ab, is
recognised as common to the two States of Najd and Kuwait, J
in which both enjoy equal rights.
The Capital itself has a population of about 50,000
souls of whom the great majority are Arabs. The Persian com
munity, however, has greatly increased in recent years and
now consists of about 10,000 souls* There are over 4,000
Negroes, a few Jews, and two or three houses of Chaldean
Christians froia ’Iraq. Outside the Capital the inhabitants
of the principality are all Arabs, and are mostly nomads.
The only settled villages being Jahrah, at the head of Kuwait
Bny, which has(population of about 500 souls: Fallak&h vil
lage, on the island of the same name at the entrance of Ku
wait Bay: with & similar population; smaller villages of
Hawaii, Diurnali, Fantaa, ADu Hulaifah, Fuhaihil arid bhu*aiDah
to the south and south east of Kuwait.

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These two volumes (parts 1 and 2) contain the Kuwait trade reports for each financial year from 1923-1924 up to and including 1927-1928.

As documented in the volumes, advanced copies of the reports are submitted by 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. , Kuwait (Major James Carmichael More), to 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. Political Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. , Bushire, for comments, before being submitted to the Residency A diplomatic office of the British Government established in the provinces and regions considered part of, or under the influence of, British India. again, as well as to the following recipients: the Foreign Office, London; the Government of India's Foreign and Political Department, Delhi; the Chief Collector of Customs, Karachi (until the end of 1924 only).

Each report gives an overview of trade for that year, including summaries of the total imports and exports (in sterling), which include brief explanations for any marked increase or decrease in the imports or exports of particular goods. Also included in the reports are brief summaries of the following in relation to Kuwait: geographical extent and size of population; currency; weights and measures; custom administration; freight, shipping and navigation; rainfall; public health; currency exchange.

Each report also includes in its tables of statistics the corresponding data (i.e. quantities and values of goods) for the two preceding financial years, as well as the countries from/to which the principal articles were imported/exported.

In addition to the reports the volumes contain the following:

The Arabic material in these volumes consists of several items of correspondence, most of which are between 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. and the Ruler of Kuwait. The French material consists of one item of correspondence.

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2 volumes (392 folios)
Arrangement

The papers are arranged in approximate chronological order from the front to the rear of the volumes.

Physical characteristics

Foliation: this file consists of two physical volumes. The foliation sequence commences at the front cover of volume one (ff 1-194) and terminates at the inside back cover of volume two (ff 195-396); 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.

An additional foliation sequence is present in parallel between ff 4-394; these numbers are also written in pencil, but are not circled.

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English, Arabic and French in Latin and Arabic script
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