On 28th January 1819, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles landed in Singapore and decided he liked the look of the place.
He returned the following morning and planted the Union Jack, which was a bit presumptuous, but then he was an 19th century colonising Brit, so what do you expect.
But even Raffles, who saw Singapore’s potential 200 years ago, would have struggled to imagine the scale of the success, vibrancy and modernity the place has become known for today.
Raffles’ arrival might have sparked the beginning of Singaporean prosperity, but it was the self-determination of the last half century that led to the flourishing and forward-looking nation that Singapore is today.
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