Singapore is an island twenty seven miles long by fourteen wide, containing with its adjacent islets 223 square miles, separated from the Malay peninsula by a narrow strait three quarters of a mile in width. It practically has no history prior to 1819 and no vestige of any historical remains. . . .

The Straits Settlements are of small value to the Empire for their own products and resources; their importance is in their position, which gives them political control of the Malay Peninsula, and makes them the collecting and distributing centre of the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago; Singapore being one of the most important coaling ports and naval stations in the Empire. — Sir J. Frederick Dickson

The History of Singapore in the Context of the British Empire

Singapore, the Straights Colonies, and Related Territories

Buildings in Colonial Singapore and Related Territories


Dickson, K.C.M.G., Sir J. Frederick “The Straits Settlements and British Malaya.” With Illustrations by R. T. Pritchett. The English Illustrated Magazine. 7 (1889-1890): 283-292. Hathi Trust version of a copy in the Pennsylvania State University Library. Web. 28 February 2021

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