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'GAZETTEER OF PERSIA. VOLUME IV.' [‎38r] (80/652)

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The record is made up of 1 volume (322 folios). It was created in 1910. 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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BANDAR ABBAS—
An important town on tlio Borsian coast at ttic entrance of the Bersian
Gulf, constituting in itself an administrative district and surrounded, en-
cept'on the south side which is to the sea, by the district of Shamil. Ban
dar Abbas is situated about 280 miles north-north-west of Masqat and
96 miles east-north-east of Lingeh town.
Bandar Abbas, stands at the foot of a bay upon a low, sandy, shelving
beach ; the buildings approach within 100 yards
Site and buildings- wa ter’s edge. The town looks out between
the islands of Hormuz and Larak upon the junction of the Gulfs of Persia
and ’Oman off the Ras-al-Jibal promontory : its background, as viewed from
the sea, is formed by the massive pile of Kuh-i-Ginau, which at a distance
of only 18 miles north by west of the town attains an altitude of 7,783
feet. The immediate surroundings of Bandar Abbas are utterly bare;
even the usual drapery of a few palms and garden cultivation are hero
wanting. The anchorage is 2 miles south of the town in 4 or 5 fathoms of
water ; it has good holding-ground and is well sheltered from every direc
tion except the south-east, but the landing- is bad on account of shallows
which extend a long way from the beach.
The town is about a mile long, and half a mile deep. If fronts ^ on the
beach. The bulk of the town is composed of houses of sun dried brick. A
number of the houses possess Bddglrs which here take the form of low
square towers like those of English country churches, but more squat, and
with vertical slits upon all four sides towards the top. The town was
formerly enclosed by walls upon the landward side , but these, where
they still exist, are concealed by the quarters which have sprung up out
side them. At the head of the pier stands the old Dutch factory used
as a residence by the Deputy-Governor, and the Customs house.
The ground around the town and the British Consulate is sandy desert,
and quite open. The ground rises gradually from the beach to some low
hills at a distance of a miles or a mile and a half. A river-bed, dry in Jan
uary 1910, is on the east of the town, and divides the town from the sandy
d seit on which stands th. ' British Consulate. The caravanserai is about
20 feet above the rive bed, and 150 west of it, on the eastern outskirts
of 1 he town. . . ,
The climate of Bandar Abbas is notorious for its heat and unhealthi
ness ;* but there is no meteorological station and
Climate and water-supply- precise data are not available. The summer
heat is almost intolerable ; this is due doubtless to the combination of the
moist air from the stagnant bay in front of the town with the reflected and
radiated heat from the mountain wall behind. E ven in the depths of winter
the mercury seldom falls below the freezing point, and when, on the
morning of the 29th of January 1905,f pools were found covered with a
thin coating of ice, the oldest inhabitants professed themselves unable to
recall any similar occurrence. The months of January and February are
* A selection of remarks by travellers on the Bandar Abbas climate will be found in
Curzon’s Persia (II, 421). . ^ ^ „ . TT
t The winter of 1904-05 was exceptionally severe m 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. as wen m Upper
India. .

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The item is Volume IV of the four-volume Gazetteer of Persia (1910 edition).

The volume comprises that portion of Persia south and east of the Bandar Abbas-Kirman-Birjand to Gazik line, with the exception of Sistan, 'which is dealt with in the Military Report on Persian Sistan'. It also includes the islands of Qishm, Hormuz, Hanjam, Larak etc. 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. and the whole district of Shamil.

The gazetteer includes entries on villages, towns, administrative divisions, districts, provinces, tribes, halting-places, religious sects, mountains, hills, streams, rivers, springs, wells, dams, passes, islands and bays. The entries provide details of latitude, longitude, and elevation for some places, and information on history, communications, agriculture, produce, population, health, water supply, topography, climate, military intelligence, coastal features, ethnography, trade, economy, administration and political matters.

Information sources are provided at the end of each gazetteer entry, in the form of an author or source’s surname, italicised and bracketed.

The volume contains an index map, dated July 1909, on folio 323.

The volume also contains a glossary (folios 313-321).

Prepared by the General Staff, Army Headquarters, India.

Printed at the Government Monotype Press, India.

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1 volume (322 folios)
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Foliation: the foliation sequence for this description commences at the front cover with 1, and terminates at the inside back cover with 324; 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. Pagination: the volume also contains an original printed pagination sequence.

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