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River and Fort Attock

River and Fort Attock

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 752/12(155)

Item number: 75212155

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Fort and river at Attock, in the Punjab, Pakistan, from the Macnabb Collection, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s. Attock, on the eastern bank of the Indus, is of key importance as it is here that the Indus is crossed by the military and trade route down through the Khyber Pass. The fort was built by the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1581 to support his own wars in Afghanistan. It was held by the Sikhs in the 19th century, they had taken it from the Afghans in 1813. The Sikhs yielded it to the British in 1849. The fort is dramatically poised over the Indus just south of the point where the Kabul river enters it.

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