Ancient Temasek had a city wall...

The 2nd British administrator of Singapore, John Crawfurd, wrote in 1822 while walking around "the walls of the ancient town of Singapore": "...the wall, which is about 16 feet in breadth as its base, and at present about 8 or 9 in height, runs very near a mile from the sea-coast to the base of the hill..."

Crawfurd wrote in the Journal of an Embassy from the Governor-General of India to the Courts of Siam & Cochin-China about the ancient walls of Temasek, which was soon after demolished by the British, which resulted in the misconception that there was no history in Singapore until their arrival.

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