Punjab

Punjab, “five rivers,” a province in the extreme NW. of India, watered by the Indus and its four tributaries, Jhelum, Chenab, Ravee, and Sutlej; its frontiers touch Afghanistan and Cashmir. Mountain ranges traverse the N., W., and S; little rain falls; the plains are dry and hot in summer. There is little timber, cow-dung is common fuel; the soil is barren, but under irrigation there are fertile stretches; wheat, indigo, sugar, cotton, tobacco, opium, and tea are largely grown; cotton, silk, lace, iron, and leather are manufactured; indigo, grain, cotton, and manufactured products are exported in exchange for raw material, dyes, horses, and timber. The population is mixed, Sikhs, Jats, and Rajputs predominate; more than a half are Mohammedan, and more than a third Hindu. Lahore is the capital, but Delhi and Amritsar are larger towns. Several railways run through the province. The natives remained loyal throughout the Mutiny of 1857-58, Sikhs and Pathans joining the British troops before Delhi.

Population (circa 1900) given as 25,130,000.

Definition taken from The Nuttall Encyclopædia, edited by the Reverend James Wood (1907)

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Pulci, Luini
Pulque
Pulteney, William
Pultowa
Pultusk
Pulu
Punch
Pundit
Punic Faith
Punic Wars
Punjab
Puránas
Purbeck, Isle of
Purcell, Henry
Purchas, Samuel
Purgatorio
Purgatory
Purim, the Feast of
Puritan City
Puritans
Pursuivant

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Punjab in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase & Fable