18 Jun '17, 9am

[Mothership] Joe Balestier, first American consul to S’pore, gave present day food haven its name https://t.co/mTarPuAsNY

[Mothership] Joe Balestier, first American consul to S’pore, gave present day food haven its name https://t.co/mTarPuAsNY

Today, Balestier Road is a popular spot for delicious food, such as Boon Tong Kee’s famous chicken rice and bak kut teh , and is known for its plethora of lighting shops. What is little known about this vibrant area was actually a sugar plantation known as Balestier Plain about two centuries ago. Photo from the balestier12011 blog. It was owned by Joseph Balestier, the first American consul to Singapore. His name is used quite frequently in modern Singapore, but rarely is the story of how he came to Singapore and his life here told. Balestier’s beginnings Although no one seems to know for sure where Balestier was actually born, with some sources claiming the island of Martinique, West Indies, and others claiming somewhere in France, we do know that he grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. This is presumably where he met his wife, Maria Revere Balestier, who was the daughter of...

Full article: http://mothership.sg/2017/06/joe-balestier-first-american...

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