Map of the Pishin Valley and Upper Basin of the Lora: Constructed from the Surveys and Reconnaissances Executed by Officers Attached to the Forces Serving in Southern Afghanistan, Collated with Major Wilson's Map by W. J. Turner


This map of the region around the Pishin Lora River in southern Afghanistan and western Pakistan was presented at a meeting of the Royal Geographical Society in London on February 9, 1880, in connection with a paper by Major-General Sir Michael A. Biddulph, “Pishin and the Routes Between India and Candahar [Kandahar].” The previous year, Biddulph had led a military expedition of British, Gurkha, and Punjabi troops on an expedition from British India into Afghanistan. The map is based on an earlier British military map, with corrections and additions based on surveys conducted by Biddulph’s expedition. In addition to expanding their geographic knowledge of the region, the British were interested in determining the feasibility of building a railroad to connect Afghanistan with India and the sea.

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W. and A.K. Johnston, Edinburgh


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Map of the Pishin Valley and Upper Basin of the Lora

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1 map : color ; 33 x 49 centimeters

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