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Bicentennial Chronicles

Bicentennial Chronicles

1500s Singapore as Shabandaria (Openness)
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By meWATCH Published: 27 Sep 2019 Audio: English

The Portuguese invasion of Melaka in 1511 shook the region. Alliances within the Melacca Sultanate broke, while brother turned against brother. As the dust settles, the Malacca Sultanate rebuilt its base along the Johor River in 1528, and was then called the Johor Sultanate. Meanwhile, Singapore was chosen as a trading outpost for traders from afar. Connected to world trade again, Singapore experiences an era of growth as a Shabandaria. Shabandaria, named after the Shabandar, or Lord of the harbour, are often positions held by foreigners deemed trustworthy by local rulers to run port affairs. The port would have been developed with infrastructure to house merchants, slaves and others, as well as, a functioning port. In fact, Singapore’s port impressed gem trader Jacques de Coutre, who describes it as one of the best in the East Indies.

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