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Sir Stamford Raffles is best-remembered as the founder of modern-day Singapore.On Feb. 6, 1819, Raffles, an agent of the East India Company that drove the expansion of Britain's empire in Asia, established a trading post in Singapore after signing a treaty with a local ruler."Raffles in Southeast Asia," an exhibition at the city-state's Asian Civilisations Museum, mounted in collaboration with the British Museum, highlights that Raffles did more than establish Singapore.Among the events commemorating two centuries since Raffles arrived in Singapore, the exhibition showcases about 240 objects.After seizing control of the island from the Dutch and French, Raffles sought to institute reforms such as seeking to stamp out the slave trade.Raffles returned to Southeast Asia in 1818 as governor of Bencoolen on Sumatra.
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