A tiny island known more for its skyscrapers today, Singapore was commonly cited in records documenting various voyages and seafaring adventures during the 18th century.
One map tells of a particularly significant battle between the Dutch and Portuguese armadas in the early 17th century over control of the trading routes and networks around present-day Singapore and Johor.
Currently on display in our ‘On Paper:Singapore Before 1867’ exhibition, this 1607 engraving with a German title, 𝘊𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘶𝘳 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘚𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘳𝘮𝘶𝘵𝘻 𝘦𝘭𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘸𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘥𝘪𝘦 𝘗𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘨𝘦𝘴𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘮 𝘍𝘭𝘶𝘴 𝘉𝘢𝘭𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘣𝘢𝘳, is one of the earliest maps that show a distinct coastline of Singapore.
A copy of this map is available for purchase for $19.90.
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