Challenging The Raffles Myth

Hero or villain? A new exhibition at Asian Civilisations Museum poses questions on the character and achievements of Sir Stamford Raffles

IN THE PAST DECADE, the general perception of Singapore as a sleepy fishing village before the arrival of Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles in 1819 has been changing. Scholarly research coupled with archeological digs show that Singapore was in all likelihood a thriving entrepot long before the British East India Company ever set foot on it.


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