When Raffles concluded the 6 Febuary 1819 treaty, the British did not gain complete control of the island yet.

  • The treaty had given the British rights to set up a trading settlement in Singapore
  • However, the Sultan had only allocated a piece of land in the southern part of Singapore to the British for the building of their settlement
  • Also, although the British now owned a small piece of land in the southern part of Singapore, Singapore was still controlled by a Malay ruler
  • Therefore, after the 6 February 1819 treaty, Singapore had not become a British colony yet.
  • Singapore only officially became a British colony in August 1824 after Dr. John Crawfurd signed a treaty with Sultan Hussein on 2 August 1824, which made Singapore a British possesion.

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