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Sarawak is one of two Malaysian
states on the island of Borneo.
In 1839 James Brooke, then a young
British merchant-adventurer, helped the Sultan of Brunei to quell a
rebellion; in reward he was made Rajah of Sarawak in 1841. In 1846
the British government authorized him to
accept from Brunei the island of Labuan as a coaling station on the China route. Sarawak was
recognized as independent and from 1888 assured of British protection.
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