SARAWAK: End of the Line

Jamie Brooke was a rich young Briton who bought a ship, stocked it with arms, and sailed for the East Indies as a privateer. One hundred years ago he set himself up as the white Raja of Sarawak, a wild, head-hunting State in northwest Borneo. A British court found evidence that Jamie Brooke had got his principality by violence and trickery, and that he thereafter practiced ruthless extortion on the natives. But he was acquitted, was knighted by Queen Victoria.

Sarawak's present Raja is 66-year-old Sir Charles Vyner Brooke, grandnephew of Sir...

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