Was Singapore an important trading port before 1819?
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How did people live in Singapore before 1819?
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Why was Singapore an important colony of the British Empire?
When was Singapore under British imperial rule?
Singapore was under British rule from 1819 till 1963. (It was taken by the Japanese early in 1942 but reverted to British rule in 1945). Singapore only officially became a British colony in August 1824. Before that, the British only had the rights to start a trading settlement. The Sultan at that time, had only given the British a piece of land to build a settlement in the southern part of Singapore island, as Singapore was still a territory controlled by a Malay ruler. Therefore, the answer to this question is, 1824 - 1956
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In which year was Singapore founded by Sir Stamford Raffles?
Where did Sir Stamford Raffles first stepped on Singapore?
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Is john Crawfurd the founder of Singapore?
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What did farquhar do for Singapore?
With his long Malayan experience, and an intimate knowledge of Riau-Lingga politics, Major Farquhar was given the task to help Sir Stamford Raffles found a settlement on Singapore island. He helped negotiate the provisional agreement of 30 January 1819 with the local chieftain Temmengong Abdul Rahman of Johore; and the more formal Singapore Treaty of 16 February 1819, which Raffles signed with the Temmengong and His Highness the Sultan Hussein Mohammed Shah, confirming the right for the British to set up a trading post.
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Why was Singapore chosen as a british base in 1819?
In the early 19th century, European trading companies such as the British and the Dutch East India Companies were fiercely competing outside Europe to get more profit of trade route. The European traders were restricted by the Dutch, they could only trade at Batavia and had to pay heavy taxes. By that time, the British only had 2 trading settlements which are Bencoolen and Melaka, but they were not very suitable for trading. Penang was located far away form the main trading area of The Straits of Melaka, and was facing the Indian Sea instead of The Straits of Melaka. Stamford Raffles was then in. When he caught sight on Singapore, he decided to establish a new settlement there. Firstly, Singapore was suitable as a port, it could protect British ships from stormy winds. More than that, the place was very nice for China trade. In the springs, Fort Canning provided plenty of fresh water for the ships. Lasly, Singapore had not been occupied by the Dutch, so the British could avoid conflict with them. For these reasons, Raffles signed the treaty with the Sultan in charge on 6/2/1819 to establish a trading settlement there.