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Wang Dayuan's account. wang dayuan was a chinese merchant from Yuan china. His account was an invaluable record of chinese overseas. He reported on dan-ma-xi, Singapore and long-ya-men,otherwise known as dragon toooth's gate. He described young, growing Singapore as bustling and exotic. He complimented Singapore's unique and exotic good's like the hornbill casques, which he said were of top quality. Though he said that there were pirates lurking to raid, the traders brushed the dangers aside to obtain the goods of top quality produced by Singapore.
The sejarah melayu the sejarah melayu, or the malay annals, was written in the 16th century and covered the history of 6oo years. They stated that Singapore was a bustling and thriving village under their leader Sang Nila Utama. Then, why was this in contrast to what Sir Stamford Raffles saw when he set foot on Singapore? Raffles said that it was a sleepy fishing village, not a crowded village nor a bustling port. Well, the Malay annals also say that Singapore was indeed attaacked by the Javanese, leaving the growing village a shadow of its former self.
There are 3 sources to tell us if singapore existed before 1819 1) The Sejarah Melayu 2) Wang Dayuan's account 3) Modern day discoveries
Was there singapore before the 1819?
Can these sources be trusted?!?!?!The information provided by the sources which we have are extremely unclear. Though the two accounts verify the truth in each one of them, there is not enough sources to provide a concrete confirmation. Temasik was also not confirmed to be Singapore instead it could have been an island in that region. So, how can we be sure that Singapore. 'existed' before 1819? Well, we ned archaeological evidence.
Archaeological evidenceThe evidence that we have gathered verifies thhat Singapore was a vibrant village even in its early days, as early as the 14th century. Some things which they have found include ceramics from the Yuan Dynasty period, Indian glass beads, Chinese porcelain ware and copper coins.
Conclusion I conclude that Singapore existed before 1819 as many goods of all sort were found scattered around Singapore. Singapore was also a port at that time as it was in a neutral zone, thus allowing easy trade
Done by Isaac, Derek, Ben, Ryan Chn'ng, and the RON aka moose