In 1818, Sir Stamford Raffles was the Lieutenant Governor of Bencoolen on the island of Sumatra searching a new British base for British East India Company in the region.
History of Modern Singapore began from when Raffles subsequently found the island of Singapore on 29 January 1819. The island was at super location, an excellent natural harbour and an adequate supply of drinking water. Because of the ideal port location, Raffles and British East India Company made Singapore a free trading port.
In the early 20th century, the colonial Singapore matured as an economy and developed as a society even that was also a centre for the movement of people and ideas.
Singapore completely independent in year 1965 and enjoyed rapid economic growth. Today, Singapore is a prosperous nation, one of the busiest port in the world and the economy is growing steadily.