07 Jul '12, 2am

@kvijaynathan Great, that makes the two of us :D The book was released several years ago. I think you can order it here

@kvijaynathan Great, that makes the two of us :D The book was released several years ago. I think you can order it here

This book is different from other books on Singapore history in its long sighted view of Singapore’s past. Where all other books start Singapore’s history with Sir Stamford Raffles’ arrival in 1819, this book argues that Singapore’s history started 500 years earlier, with the arrival of Seri Teri Buana from Palembang and his sighting of a Lion on this island. The book attempts a reinterpretation of that event, which has been dismissed as a myth, within the context of the archaeological evidence recovered since 1984 from excavations on and around Fort Canning. The archaeological evidence now confirms the existence of an early Emporium on Singapore in the 14th century which the book argues owed its prosperity to an earlier cycle of globalized trade underpinned by a Chinese market under the Yuan and Ming dynasties. Singapore, this book contends, was not a “sleepy fishing vill...

Full article: http://www.nhb.gov.sg/NAS/1stcab/700YrBook/700index.htm

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