Bushire, or Abuschehr (The Father of Cities), the chief seaport of Persia, in the province of Fars, is situated on the Persian Gulf. The surrounding country is of an uninviting nature, the climate excessively hot, and the water bad. The importance of Bushire depends altogether upon its trade, which is conducted mainly with India and Britain. Its imports embrace rice, indigo, sugar, cottons, steel, porcelain, bullion; and its exports raw silk, wool, shawls, horses, carpets, fruit, turquoises, gall-nuts, etc. The anchorage, though indifferent, is the best on the coast.