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The Town of Roree and the Fortress of Bukke, on the Indus

The Town of Roree and the Fortress of Bukke, on the Indus

Artist: Atkinson, James (1780 - 1852)

Medium: Lithograph

Date: 1842

Shelfmark: X614(2)

Item number: 6142

Length: 24.8

Width: 37

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

This is plate 2 from 'Sketches in Afghaunistan', by James Atkinson.

The fortress of Bukkur was on a strategically important island in the Indus river, between Rohri and Sukkur. The walls of the fortress enclosed the entire island, ending the water's edge. Delhi's Muslim rulers sent representatives to preside over Bukkur.

In the struggle between Dara Shikoh and Aurangzeb, the sons of Emperor Shah Jahan, for the Mughal throne, the two grandsons of Dara Shikoh were murdered in this historic fort. In 1831, the fort was obtained by the British from the Emir of Khirpur, Mir Rostum, after lengthy negotiations conducted by Sir Alexander Burnes, the Political Agent of the East India Company. It was agreed that the fort should remain in British hands, as long as they feared attack from the west. It became the general depot of the Army of the Indus.

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