Singapore has come a long way, since her beginnings as a sleepy ﬁshing village and a tiny Malay settlement ruled by the Sultan of Johor. Sir Stamford Rafﬂes ﬁrst arrived in Singapore in 1819 and immediately recognised that its strategic location along the Straits of Malacca would be useful to the British in developing an alternative to challenge Dutch inﬂuence and monopoly in the region. During British colonial rule, Singapore developed into an important free port and trade city, an essential trait that continues to feature heavily in Singapore’s economic development to this day.
Singapore, Politics, Culture, Development
Asian Studies | Growth and Development | History | Political Science
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Institute for Societal Leadership; PARAMARTHA, Aji; KHEE, Shihui; UNSON, Regina; and HEIN, Sai.
The Singapore Report: National Landscape, Current Challenges and Opportunities for Growth. (2015). Published. 1-17. Institute of Societal Leadership Research Collection.
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