Saturday, August 20, 2011

The Development of Modern Singapore- Part 1

Basic CMYK

The comic says most of everything, so the description is going to be short.

Alright, so Raffles wasn’t going away for Singapore to ask his boss to give him a raise. In fact, his boss, Lord Hastings got even angrier with him after he claimed Singapore. The Dutch wanted to control the entire Southeast Asia trade route. When Raffles claimed Singapore, it made the Dutch angry. As a result, there was a great letter war between Britain and Dutch (That means that they wrote angry letters to each other, not that they threw letters at each other), and Raffles couldn’t return to Singapore until things had cooled down.

Naturally, Raffles did not ask for his statue to be built. There were too little resources to do things like that. If you want to know when Singapore’s Victoria Hall was built, it was 1919, which happened to be EXACTLY 100 years after Singapore fell under the British. Isn’t that nice?

So that’s about all, Raffles appointed Farquhar to do everything mentioned in the comic. Unfortunately, Farquhar didn’t stop gambling or slave trade, and he didn’t build houses orderly, which eventually got him fired. It might seem a bit unfair to fire Farquhar after he travelled all that way with Raffles, but that’s history for you.

A gentle reminder: OUR FIRST MONTHDAY IS COMING IN 4 DAYS. I REPEAT, 4 DAYS.

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