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Earlier Sailing Boats Moved (“Pehla Vahano Halta”)
Memories, Princely Ports and Routes of Sailing Boats along the Bhavnagar Coast, Gujarat, Western Indian Ocean
ABSTRACT Drawing upon archival research and nine months of fieldwork, this article collates divergent views of the maritime history of the former princely state of Bhavnagar in Gujarat, India. In doing so, it shows how this region appears through the academic lens of Indian Ocean history and how it is preserved in the archival records of the British Empire and the native princely state. These partial pictures are enriched with the local history of the littoral that is assembled from folklore and the lived memories of various peoples associated with sailing boats, smaller ports and the littoral’s remote villages and islands. This micro history traces the sediments of sailing boats and the once active coastal trade routes that remain entrenched in the memories of the littoral’s inhabitants. It highlights the connections of the littoral with the land and makes space for micro history of a maritime princely state.
KEYWORDS ethnography, historical anthropology, India, Indian Ocean, princely states