James Brooke

James Brooke

The first Raja of Sarawak from 1841 to 1868 from the White Rajah dynasty.
Date of Birth: 29.04.1803
Country: Great Britain

James Brooke - The White Rajah of Sarawak

James Brooke, the first Rajah of Sarawak from 1841 to 1868, was born on April 29, 1803, in England. He served in the British East India Company's army in Burma and was injured in 1825. After returning to England for recovery, he attempted a failed trading expedition to the Far East. In 1838, he arrived in Kuching, Borneo, during the uprising of the Dyaks against the Sultan of Borneo. He offered his assistance to the Sultan and successfully brokered peace, earning the title of Rajah of Sarawak. Brooke became actively involved in governing Sarawak and implemented numerous reforms. However, he faced accusations in 1851, which led to a royal commission investigation in Singapore. Although the accusations were not proven, they resurfaced intermittently. Despite experiencing three strokes during the last ten years of his reign, Brooke continued to rule. He was succeeded by his nephew, Charles Johnson Brooke. James Brooke's life and achievements inspired numerous literary works, making him the prototype for many literary heroes.

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