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First Caravan Journey

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In this chapter the author discusses his first caravan journey. The recently formed Persian Gendarmerie under Swedish officers had been steadily extending their occupation of the high road southwards from Shiraz, as far as Kazarun (about 100 miles from Bushire by road) in April 1913, and to Bushire in November, when for the first time caravans made the journey without paying a penny in rahdari. Caravan traffic was completely held up, mules were commandeered wholesale by these brigands in uniform to remove their loot to Shiraz, while more animals were carried off by tribesmen. By April (1914) order had been restored and caravan traffic had been resumed. The authorized commercial caravan route was by way of the Nashila but muleteers from Shiraz always preferred to come down to the little harbour of Shif about eight miles north-east of Bushire and then bring the loads across by sailing-boat.

Keywords: Bushire; caravan journey; Persian Gendarmerie; Shiraz



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