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History of Kuala Lumpur

In the 1850's, Raja Abdullah, a member of the Selangor royal family, opened up the Klang Valley to tin prospectors. Then a jungle, the Ampang area in Kuala Lumpur became a thriving tin mine. As a result, merchants and tin prospectors established a trading post at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak rivers, hence its name which means 'muddy estuary' in Malay.

Rival factions and royalty disputing over tin led to bloody feuds and wars. However, under the able leadership of Kapitan Yap Ah Loy, the third leader of the Chinese community appointed by the British, the sleepy mining town boomed into an important commercial hub.

The town's success led the British Resident Sir Frank Sweettenham to elevate it to be the state capital of Selangor in 1880. The following year, Kuala Lumpur was burnt down in yet another feud and rebuilt using brick and tile to replace the hazardous attap or wooden houses. The completion of a railway connecting the town to Port Klang in 1886 further fuelled Kuala Lumpur's growth.

In 1896, when the Federated Malay States were incorporated, Kuala Lumpur was made the capital. On 1 February 1972, it was conferred city status. Two years after that, in 1974, it was declared a Federal Territory.

 

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