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Life At Bushire

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The town of Bushire is situated at the northern point of a cigar-shaped peninsula, about twelve miles long and four broad, lying parallel to the mainland of Persia and joined to it in the middle by some nine miles of mud flat called Mashila. Bushire owed its rise to importance in the nineteenth century to its position at the terminus of the great caravan route running northwards from the sea through the middle of Persia by way of Shiraz and Isfahan to Tehran. Social life was almost completely confined to the European community. This was not due to any affectation of superiority over 'the natives'. The native mercantile community of Bushire was regarded by the more sophisticated reprobates of Muhammara (later Khurramshahr) and Basra at the head of the Gulf as a dull, sour, money-grubbing crowd.

Keywords: Bushire; European community; Persia; social life

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