Piracy and the Port of Aden

This advertisement for the Bank of India in the 1950s nicely illustrates the scene for when the British first arrived in Aden in 1839. Ostensibly, it was to eradicate pirates operating along the all important communications lines to India. In reality, Aden's location made it the perfect base for the East India Company and the Royal Navy to project power in a crucial section of the journey to and from India.

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by Stephen Luscombe