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Journal of Cultural Interaction in East Asia
Many historians have examined why Singapore failed to be a major trading center before the nineteenth century. This paper revisits the current scholarly literature on the founding of Singapore to make two arguments. First, I argue that we cannot understand the founding of Singapore and its role in the British Second Empire without delineating Singapore's role as a forest- and marine-goods metropolis in the precolonial Chinese trading networks of Southeast Asia. Second, I try to show how thedoi:10.1515/jciea-2016-070108 fatcat:uysnx2d4vzdfbfo4uowm5visly