Singapore is the political, commercial and administrative headquarters of the colony of the Straits Settlements, and the governor for the time being is ex officio high commissioner of the Federated Malay States, British North Borneo, Sarawak, the Cocos-Keeling and Christmas Islands, and governor of Labuan.
In 1615 the town was visited by an English expedition under Captain Keeling, who concluded a treaty with the zamorin; but it was not until 1664 that an English trading settlement was established by the East India Company.
Clunies Ross, the owner of the Keeling Islands, which lie about 750 m.
KEELING ISLANDS (often called Cocos and Cocos-Keeling Islands), a group of coral islands in the Indian Ocean, between 12° 4' and 1 2° 13' S., and 9 6 ° 49'-57' E., but including a smaller island in 11° 50' N.
Dr Guppy was fortunate in reaching North Keeling Island, where a landing is only possible during the calmest weather.
Forbes's and Guppy's investigations go to show that, contrary to Darwin's belief, there is no evidence of upheaval or of subsidence in either of the Keeling groups.
The islands were discovered in 1609 by Captain William Keeling on his voyage from Batavia to the Cape.