The Founding of Singapore

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Part I
The founding of Singapore is a journey which is comprised of many ups and downs. Many characters and groups played a part into the creation of this country. There were also events that took place which led to the alteration of other’s decisions.
One of the major factors that contributed to the founding of Singapore would undoubtedly be the contributions and efforts put in by Sir Stamford Raffles.
“In 1795, at the age of 14, Raffles found employment at the British East India Company (EIC) in Leadenhall Street as a temporary clerk.” As an employee of the EIC, Raffles’ performance was exceptionally good. With his efforts and hard work recognised by his superiors, he was eventually appointed as Assistant Secretary to the newly-established Pinang Presidency in 1805. Being an intelligent and ambitious person with great diplomatic skills, Raffles had a personal desire to expand the British trade empire through the development of the EIC. Therefore, competing with the Dutch to gain the upper hand of the trade in the Eastern Seas was a crucial stepping stone towards his goals. He recognised that gaining control over the Straits of Melaka would be essential to boost their trading activities and the overall reputation of the British Empire as a world-leading trading nation. Hence, he frequently initiated “attempts to counter Dutch influence in Sumatra and expand British presence elsewhere in the Eastern Seas”.
However, the well-intentioned Raffles faced opposition from carrying out his plans from his superiors; for fear that Raffles’ actions would anger the Dutch and might potentially affect their relationship as allies back in Europe. Fortunately for Raffles, he had an opportunity in September 1818 to present his opinions and plans of uplifting the British’s trade involvement in the Eastern Seas amidst the overwhelming Dutch’s presence in the region, to the…...

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