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By meWATCH Published: 27 Sep 2019 Audio: English
The sense of a global village probably began in 1869 with the opening of the Suez Canal. With the greatly shortened distances and widespread usage of steamships, Singapore became a key node in various international systems. At a time when coal refuelling was essential for steamship travel, the British stood supreme with their chain of coaling stations across Asia. Singapore became the primary coaling and refitting station for the whole of Southeast Asia. Meanwhile, Singapore also became an important station in an imperial network of submarine telegraph lines. Being in the centre of information made Singapore grow into a financial hub for international banks such as HSBC.
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