Thursday, November 29, 2012

Do you remember?? Part 2..

Are you okay, today? This is the continues history of Penang. Hope you enjoy to read it.

A town was established and named Georgetown, after the Prince of Wales. The gird of this settlement was bordered by Light Street., Chulia Street, Pitt Street (Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling) and Bishop Street.

To encourage settlers, the port was accorded a duty-free status and new arrivals were allowed to claim as much land as they could clear. From virtually an uninhabited island, the population grew to 10,000 by the end of the century.

Penang became a trading post for tea, spices (clove and nutmeg from local plantations), china pepper from Acheh and textiles from India. Later on, the regional trade grew to include tin, then rubber.

It became the crossroads of great civilizations, a melting pot of the east. Traders and settlers came from Europe, India, China, the Malay Archipelago, Thailand and Burma.

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