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18671942: Straits Settlements Crown Colony

Main article: Crown colony (18671942)

1888 German map of Singapore

As Singapore continued to grow, the deficiencies in the Straits Settlements administration


became serious and Singapore's merchant community began agitating against British Indian
rule. The British government agreed to establish the Straits Settlements as a separate Crown
Colony on 1 April 1867. This new colony was ruled by a governor under the supervision of
the Colonial Office in London. An executive council and a legislative council assisted the
governor.[37] Although members of the councils were not elected, more representatives for the
local population were gradually included over the years.