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A New Account of the East Indies

A New Account of the East Indies
Being the Observations and Remarks of Capt. Alexander Hamilton
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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Perspectives from the Royal Asiatic Society

  • Date Published: April 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108055208

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  • Little is known of Captain Alexander Hamilton other than what he tells us in this work, first published in 1727. Written during his retirement, it is both an invaluable source of information on south-east Asia at the time and a lively travelogue of Hamilton's adventurous seafaring life in the service of the East India Company and independently between 1688 and 1723. An engaging storyteller, Hamilton writes of encounters with pirates, the Portuguese, and of a poisoning in Malacca, as well as providing vivid descriptions of the countries he visited – from Africa to Japan via India, Sumatra and China – and their social customs, religions, trade and commerce. His idiosyncratic maps and illustrations enhance his narrative despite his admission that he makes 'but little use of the pencil'.

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    • Date Published: April 2013
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108055208
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
    • weight: 1.03kg
    • contains: 9 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Preface
    1. Gives a traditional account of the first settling of Europeans at the Cape of Good Hope
    2. Gives a short description of the islands in the Ethiopian seas
    3. Gives a description of Zeyla's sea-coast
    4. Gives a short description of the coast of Arabia the Happy
    5. Gives a description of the Immaum of Mocha's country
    6. Contains a description of Aden
    7. Treats of the kingdom and city of Muskat
    8. Gives an account of Bassora city
    9. Gives a description of the sea-coast of Persia
    10. Is a continuation of observations on the empire of Persia
    11. Treats of the Mogul's dominions on the river Indus
    12. Gives an account of the ancient kingdom of Guzerat
    13. Gives an account of the cities of Cambay, Baroach and Surat
    14. Is a continuation of my observations of the religions and customs used in Surat
    15. Gives an account of the famous Aurengzeb's birth
    16. Treats of the cities and towns on the sea-coast belonging to the crown of Portugal
    17. Gives a description of Bombay
    18. Continues the observations on the affairs of Bombay
    19. Gives an account of the war of Bombay
    20. Gives an account of what is remarkable on some islands, and of the sea-coast, as far as Goa
    21. Gives an account of Goa
    22. Gives an account of Sundah Rajah's dominions
    23. Gives a description of Canara
    24. Treats of the Malabars
    25. Observations of the Samorin and his country
    26. Gives an acount of Couchin
    27. Treats of the island of Ceylon
    28. Treats of the countries of the sea-coast
    29. Gives a short description of Fort St George
    30. Gives an account of the coast of Chormondel
    31. Treats of the sea-coast and some inland countries in the ancient kingdom of Orixa
    32. Is an account of the maritime towns on the coast of Orixa. Volume 2:
    33. Treats of the towns, cities, country, and customs of Bengal
    34. Is a continuation of the description of Bengal
    35. Gives an account of Xatigam
    36. Gives an account of the famous kingdom of Pegu
    37. Gives an account of the Pegu clergy
    38. Treats of Merjee and Tanacerin
    39. Give an account of Malacca
    40. Treats of the dominion of Johore
    41. Gives an account of the island of Sumatra
    42. Gives an account of the islands and trading ports on the west coast of Sumatra
    43. Treats of the east side of Sumatra
    44. Treats of Java and the islands near it
    45. Gives an account of Borneo
    46. A continuation of the dominions of Johore
    47. Gives an account of the dominions and city of Siam
    48. Gives an account of Cambodia
    49. Treats of Couchin-China
    50. Gives some account of China
    51. Some observations and remarks on the province and city of Canton
    52. Is a continuation of the history of Fokien
    53. A continuation of observations on the gods, clergy, and devotion of the Chinese
    54. Gives some account of the islands of Mindanoa, Luconia, Formosa, and Japon.

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    Alexander Hamilton

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