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Singapore was named in the 14th Century by a Malayan prince who called the island “Singapura” meaning lion. It is reputed that the animal was in fact a tiger. Prior to that Singapore was known as "Sea Town" or in Javanese "Nagarakretagama".

In 1819 Sir Stamford Raffles founded Singapore as a trading post and fort. A free trade policy was established and Singapore flourished. Some of the original buildings remain and the current city plan is based on the original Raffle's plan. A high hill was constructed to rise above the low lying land and now known as Shenton Way.

Singapore was scene of a lot of action during World War II and the Japanese conquered the island. A lot of museums tell the story of this time. Independence was gained from the British on the 9th August 1965. Immigrants have arrived into Singapore from surrounding countries and the current ethnic mix is Chinese 77%, Malays 14% and Indians 8%.



 
 

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