Singapore Bicentennial: A Timeline of Events




1299   Sang Nila Utama establishes Temasek port
1400s   European ships make their way to Asia
1500s   Singapore becomes port to Johor Sultanate
1600s   Portuguese raiders burn down a town at the mouth of the Singapore River
1819   A British party, including Raffles and Farquhar, arrives in Singapore; Singapore becomes a British colony and trading post
1942   WWII: The British surrender Singapore to the Japanese
1945   WWII: The Japanese surrender Singapore to the British
1959   The British convert Singapore from colony to self-governing state
1965   Singapore achieves independence
2019   Singapore is a leading global finance capital

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