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Notes on the Geography of Malaysia: George Town: Photo 12

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Economic development depended heavily on South Indian and Chinese immigrants. The Indians came early and ran the spice trade. The Chinese arrived after the Pangkor Treaty of 1874 opened the Malay peninsula to rubber and tin development. George Town then boomed. Its main commercial street, Beach Street, had been surveyed by Light. Running south from Fort Cornwallis, by late in the 19th century it was no longer on the waterfront: reclamation works had left it a couple of blocks inland. This Beach Street building, built in 1937 and occupied recently by the U.S. Information Service, was built by an Indian; hence its name.

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