Their Majesties Phra Bard Somdetch Phra Paramendr Maha Mongkut Phra Chom Klau Chau Yu Hua, the First King of Siam, and Phra Bard. When assessing the Bowring Treaty it is best to make a distinction between the aspects of international relations on the one hand and matters concerning the. The Bowring Treaty was was signed between Siam and the United Kingdom in this wider international context. The Treaty of Friendship and Commerce or, more .

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Singapore became a British settlement inabout the same time the Siamese kingdom was extending its political influence in the Malay Peninsula.

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To ease Anglo-Siamese tensions, the British sent diplomatic missions to Siam. The missions had commercial intentions as the founding of Singapore gave new stimulus to British trade in Southeast Asia. This led to the Burney Treaty that allowed British merchants to trade in Bangkok.


However, the treaty, with its prohibitive clauses and high duties, left British and European merchants, especially those in Singapore, clamouring for more. The liberal terms included a single duty on all imports and exports, the abolition of prohibitive tonnage duties, freedom of trade between British merchants and Siam citizens, and the removal of prohibitions on rice export.

British ships were also allowed to trade at all Siamese ports and on the same conditions as Siamese and Chinese junks.

In —57 alone, British ships from Siam arrived at Singapore. He was also appointed the first Siamese Honorary Consul in Singapore in First major European venture to Siam. The Straits Timesp. British imperialism in South East Asia, — p.

Bowring Treaty signed with Bangkok – Singapore History

The Straits Times13 Novp. Webster, pp. The unequal treaties and the culture of Japanese diplomacy [online book] p. To access this ebook, please login to NLB’s digital library http: Retrieved from NewspaperS; Siam. XIV 75p. Retrieved from NewspaperSG; Webster, p.


The Straits Times8 Mayp. Webster, p.

National Archives of Singapore. Tan Kim Ching and Siam “Garden rice”. The rice trade between Siam and Boaring in the late nineteenth century. Intra-Asian trade and the world market pp.

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