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Friday, February 5, 2010
Happy Birthday Singapore
How many dates can a country celebrate? The choices are many. Day of discovery, day of independence, ruler's birthday?
Today is the anniversary of the date in 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, administrator of the British East India Company, stole the island of Singapore from Malay and handpicked someone to become the Sultan of Singapore. Sir Stamford stole Singapore and created this position out of whole cloth, without permission or authority from anyone.
Clearly, he was a man with a plan. The plan was to create a free trading port between India and China. He was marvelously successful.
Upon hearing of his coup his masters at the BEIC through a fit, and recalled him immediately to India. It took him 3 years to return.
While away he designed the city, created the plans for new wharves and sea ports. His city plan is mostly still intact.
Today, Singapore is the 16th largest trading economy in the world, thanks to the foresight of one man.
forever thanks to ADG for the use of his Jaguar while at my favorite hotel