Singapore was Great Britain’s richest colony (1901)

 

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The tiny island of Singapore was to the British, a jewel of the Far East. Modern Singapore was founded in 1819 as a small British trading post. Located strategically between India and China, it served (and still is today) the most important logistics and trading hub in South East Asia. It is not surprising that despite the small size, it attracts people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds from all over the region, as described in detail in the news article above.

Bagi pihak British, Singapura merupakan satu permata di Timur Jauh. Sejarah Singapura moden bermula pada 1819 apabila ia diasaskan sebagai satu pusat perdagangan. Terletak di lokasi strategik antara India dan China, pulau tersebut (sehingga kini) menjadi hab perdagangan dan logistik terpenting di Asia Tenggara. Meski bersaiz kecil, Singapura telah menarik pelbagai orang dari latarbelakang bangsa dan agama dari seluruh pelusuk rantau ini, seperti yang digambarkan di dalam petikan akhbar di atas.

News source: Baltimore Morning Herald, 21 December 1901

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