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Name of Object:

Sketches of Aden


London, United Kingdom

Holding Institution:

The British Library

Date of Object:



These drawings show Steamer Point, an early British settlement in Aden, and one early steamer. Sketches of Aden is an account by a British officer who settled in Aden in the first half of the 19th century. Published in Madras in 1848, the book offers a synthesis of the history, geography, people and costumes of that important British settlement on the route to India. Although influenced by 19th-century European stereotypes and by the impact of a new environment, the author describes vividly the political events leading to the British conquest of the port in 1839, the ancient legends and the main events in the local history of Aden, its towns, commerce, living conditions and the heterogeneous population living in Aden: the Arab, Somali, Jewish and Indian communities.

Archival or Bibliographical Reference:

Historical and Statistical Sketches of Aden ... during a two years' residence ... By an officer in the Queen's Army, Madras, 1848, p. 30

Citation of this web page:

Maria Francesca Carvelli (MWNF) "Sketches of Aden" in "Sharing History", Museum With No Frontiers, 2020. http://www.sharinghistory.org/database_item.php?id=object;AWE;uk;138;en

Database entry origination:

Prepared by: Maria Francesca Carvelli (MWNF)

MWNF Working Number: UK 138

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