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John Crawfurd and Anti-Colonialism in Sarawak

Singapore’s second colonial Resident, John Crawfurd, is an unlikely anti-colonial campaigner—but that he was.

Crawfurd was a highly capable colonial administrator for the British East India Company (EIC) in Uttar Pradesh, Java (as Resident Governor at the Court of Yogyakarta), Singapore (as its second Resident), Siam, Burma/Myanmar and Cochin China before retiring in 1827. He then proceeded to forge a second career working anonymously to orchestrate British Radical opposition to James Brooke’s imperial adventures in Sarawak.

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