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Basra, the Gulf, the Arabian Sea, India

G.J. GRÉLOT

in The Travels and Journal of Ambrosio Bembo

Published by University of California Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249387
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520940130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249387.003.0005
Basra, the Gulf, the Arabian Sea, India

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Basra was located half on one side and half on the other of the body of water. It was three times the length of Baghdad, but now it is half destroyed. There were many date palm trees and earth houses near the river that were included in the city in ancient times. It was built two hundred years ago, fifty leagues distant from ancient Basra, or Balséra. The city had its own kings under whose dominion was part of desert Arabia in ancient times, but during the reign of Mehemet Assenam, it was taken by the Turks in 1547. They no longer called themselves king, but absolute pashas passing their command to their sons and recognizing themselves as feudatories to the Great Lord so as to avoid troubles from Baghdad. When the city was taken by the Ottomans, they sent from the Porte a pasha and other ministries to that government such as there are in the other subject cities.

Keywords: Basra; Baghdad; Arabia; Ottomans; Porte

Chapter.  73416 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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