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Singapore Even saying the word and some of the uninformed may still hold the belief that it is located somewhere in China knowing only where it is approximately Yet this vibrant newly industrialized city-state is in fact located close to the equator and is often overlooked on the world map not surprising considering it is only represented by a small dot in the South China Sea Today the island of Singapore has earned high acclaim for its rapid transformation from a humble trading post to the modern technological metropolis that it has proudly become Singapore has been described by some economists as a modest miracle simply because it has managed to achieve the status of an Asian business headquarters with its only resource people Marshall 1970 Despite its lacking of other resources due to its strategic location at the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula Singapore is a thriving business hub for Southeast Asia with an excellent communications network infrastructure It possesses all the trappings of a successful business center with an extremely multicultural heritage as well as an abundance of colorful and modern environment History on this island began around the 15th century when it became a port of call for various Malay empires ruling at the time It was most likely favorable to them for its perfect deep-water harbor area it is one of the worlds largest at roughly 93 square miles and offers six gateways to the open seas What the early settlers probably didnt care about was its rich hilly landscape and fertile tropical forestry The coastal region of Singapore is very smooth and rocky easily accessible for all types of boats They were more interested in the coastal possibilities and perhaps with the temperate relatively uniform climate It is a humid and rainy island with occasional violent winds However the early history wasnt documented as much for its accuracy as it was for its mythology Singapores modern history
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