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Re: Brain Burp--Camel Endurance?

I said:
>...The only reason the British were in the Persian Gulf (which, from the
>19th century descriptions was one of the most poverty-stricken
>backwaters on earth) was to protect the left flank of the British trade
>routes to India via the Suez Canal from the Persian Gulf
I should amend that.  The British in were in the Persian Gulf
at least as much to forestall domination of the area by
the French and German (where they could harass the left
flank of the British trade routes) as they were to protect
themselves against native Arab piracy.
Nor were the Trucial States pure bullied victims here.  The
Ottoman empire was in resurgence in the late 19th century.
The sheikhs of the Persian Gulf city states (not to mention ibn
Saud) were using the British to prevent the Ottoman Turks
from asserting control over their domains.  What better way
to stymie the Ottoman governor of Basra from asserting
Turkish control over your city than a British gun boat sitting
in your harbor?
Oh well, call it an atypical day on Ridecamp...
Linda B. Merims
Massachusetts, USA

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