Tucked away on the 10th floor of the National Library is an astonishing collection of papers from maps and wills to prints and paintings, which offers engaging snapshots of Singapore before it became a crown colony.

The most eye-catching display is the actual 1824 Anglo-Dutch Treaty, an elaborately red-bound confection with golden tassels and a wax seal, which divided South-east Asia between the colonial powers of the English and the Dutch.

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