National Geographic : 1963 Nov
European and Chinese partners de light in the twist, an American dance, at a private party in a Singapore home. Singapore's Teeming Maze Lies at an Asian Crossroads "If no untimely fate awaits it, [Singapore] promises to become the emporium and the pride of the East," wrote Sir Stamford Raffles after he leased the nearly uninhabited island in 1819. The city's British founder proved prophetic. Situated at the tip of the Asian mainland, Singa pore was hard for ships to avoid, and few did. Soon it drew a host of Malays, Chinese, Indians, Javanese, Ceylonese, Eurasians, and Europeans. City and free port grew rich on trade. Here, like so many waterbugs, hundreds of sampans cluster in Singapore River as ocean-going freighters anchor in the harbor's inner and outer roads. Banks, shipping firms, insur ance offices, and department stores ring Raffles Place, a one time swamp at upper center. Clock tower at left tops Victoria Memorial Hall and Theatre. Skirts lifted, an elderly Indian dashes across a rain-slick Singapore street 756 HS EKTACHROMESAND KODACHROMe- (HIbnl) L IN..b .