Definition of Stamford Raffles from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

Stamford Raffles

 
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(1781–1826) an English politician. He is best known for buying Singapore for the East India Company in 1819 and for developing the island as a commercial centre. The famous Raffles Hotel there is named after him. He was also the governor of Java (1815–17) and Sumatra (1818–23) and wrote a History of Java (1817). In 1826 Raffles became the first President of London Zoo. He was made a knight in 1817.
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