Sindhi Bhatias in 1785 AD

At the same time, its Bhatia merchants suffered from1785 onwards from the increasing commercial aggressiveness of their rivals, the Kutchi Bhatias, who came to dominate the trade of Masqat.

Thatta survived only as a centre of craft production, but it increasinglyworked for a local and regional rather than an international market.

The Bhatia merchants however remained a signifucant trading community inthe Persian Gulf, and they came to play a dominant role in the pearling trade centred on Bahrein.

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