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Raffles’ next assignment brought him to Sumatra as the Lieutenant-Governor of Bencoolen. The year was 1818, and Raffles was concerned about the Dutch influence in the region.

He began to seek treaties with Malay rulers and in an agreement with the Sultan of Johor in 1819, founded Singapore as a trading station. The growth of the trading station from a small settlement into the bustling port-city of today is a testament to the vision of its founder.

Many places and buildings in Singapore are named in honour of Sir Stamford Raffles. Several of them are listed below. How many more places and buildings can you name? Add them to the list.

Raffles Institution
Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research
Raffles Hotel
Raffles Junior College
Raffles City
Raffles Lighthouse
Raffles Place
Raffles Girls’ School

Stamp: 1980 May

Written by victorkoo

4 April, 2008 at 10:00 am

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