What was Singapore like in the 1930s?

What was Singapore like in the 1920s?

Singapore in the 1920s and 1930s

The population was less than a million and most of Singapore was covered by mangrove swamps, rubber plantations, and secondary forest because rubber had failed, and forests around Mandai/Bukit Timah took its place.

What was Singapore before it was Singapore?

Singapore was known in the 13th to 14th century as Temasek, a name also recorded in Chinese sources as Dan Ma Xi, a country recorded as having two distinct settlements – Long Ya Men and Ban Zu. It changed its name to Singapura perhaps towards the end of 14th century.

Why did the British leave Singapore?

The Crown colony was dissolved on 16 September 1963 when Singapore became a state of Malaysia, ending 144 years’ of British rule on the island. On 9 August 1965, Singapore officially left Malaysia to become the independent Republic of Singapore, due to political, economic and racial disputes.

What were the effects of the Great Depression on Singapore’s economy?

The total value of Singapore’s merchandise exports fell by 59 per cent and imports declined by 58 per cent. Over the same period Malaya’s combined imports and exports decreased by 61 per cent and its terms of trade almost halved. Between mid-1929 and 1932 base money supply in Malaya contracted by over one-third.

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What was Singapore known as in 14th century?

The earliest records in which Singapore is mentioned describe it as a thriving port in the 14th century. It was known by different names then: The Chinese traders called it Danmaxi (Temasik or Temasek), while in the Sejarah Melayu (The Malay Annals), it was called Singapura.

How did the Chinese get to Singapore?

Chinese migrants started to enter Singapore from the Straits area and southern China to trade just months after it became a British settlement. Later migrant workers from China would also increase considerably to work on the pepper and gambier plantations, with 11,000 recorded in one year.

When did Singapore achieve first world?

Singapore evolved from a dying nation to first world status towards the end of the 20th century. In 1990, Goh Chok Tong succeeded Lee as Prime Minister.

Why did Japan want Singapore?

An island city and the capital of the Straits Settlement of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore had been a British colony since the 19th century. In July 1941, when Japanese troops occupied French Indochina, the Japanese telegraphed their intentions to transfer Singapore from the British to its own burgeoning empire.

What is Singapore best known for?

What is Singapore famous for?

  • Stunning Marina Bay Sands pool.
  • Being a rich country.
  • The Singlish language.
  • Its many names.
  • The Merlion statue.
  • The best airport in the world.
  • Its unique laws.
  • Being an expat city.