In 1819, after Raffles left Singapore, Farquhar was put in charge to attract new settlers because Singapore was small and had only 200 people. In a couple of months its population increased to 5000 and by 1822 it became a bit more than 10000. Since Singapore was a very convenient place to settle, many different races came to Singapore, some to trade and some for a better life.
This is a diagram that shown the different races and their quantity of people.
The Chinese were the biggest group of people coming in to Singapore: at that time in China it was not a easy country to live in, therefore many came to Singapore to seek their fortune and to have a better life.
The Indians were the second largest group; most of them were traders and labourers that were hoping to find a job and to trade their goods.
The Malays were the people of sultan Hussein who came from the Rhio Island, Malacca and Sumatra.
The Indonesians were very wealthy traders that left the Rhio Islands when the Dutch took control of them.
THE ARMENIANS AND THE ARABS
The Armenians and the Arabs were also very wealthy traders and were the earliest traders to come to Europe and Middle East.
Last but not least the Europeans: they formed only a small group; most of them came with the East India Company, others were traders or held business in Singapore.
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