Prince of Pirates: The Temenggongs and the Development of Johor and Singapore, 1784-1885
No country's history is so well documented yet so poorly understood as that of a former colony. Singapore and Malaysia are particular victims of this historical paradox, and Carl Trocki's account of the history of Johor and Singapore marks a decided advance in Malaysian scholarship. A study of the Temenggongs of Johor, Prince of Pirates offers an original and highly provocative reinterpretation of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Malaysian history, revealing continuities between pre-colonial and colonial periods that have been obscured by attention given to the European intrusion.
This new edition includes a fresh introduction by the author that positions the study within subsequent literature on Malaysian history, the Chinese migration, the opium trade and the history of the British Empire in Asia. It also explains the role the book played in pioneering a number of important initiatives in Malaysian studies.
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Good day Sir/Madame:
I am Jose C. Bulang, a fifth or sixth descendant of that maritime businessman/men who got shipwrecked in Panglao Island Bohol, sometimes in the late part of 1700 or early part of 1800. According to my father the late Nicolas A. Bulang (pbuh) that man controlled the barter trade from Dauis Bohol to several part of the Philippines in the later part of 1700 to early or middle 1800. Who could that man be who give us the family name Bulang?
Accordingly, that man claimed to have come and descended from the House of Sulaiman and had given injunctions to us passed from generation that "Bulang must bring his children to a service of one and true God that the blood of Bulang will be clean of its Curse."
I enjoy reading with interest your book, at the same time I am wondering. Anyway, GOD visits his people, God do not favor, God provide the balance of things.
Thank you and May God Bless.
Very sincerely yours,
jose c. bulang, cpa
Introduction to the First Edition
The Prince of Pirates 18191825
The Temenggong of Singapore 18251848
The Temenggong and the Chinese 18441860
Abu Bakar takes Command 18601873
Johor and the Maharaja 18731884