Kuala Lumpur / Historical Map and Photos 1
Kuala Lumpur is located in a densely forested tropical region in southeastern Malay Peninsula, in which has wider flat land than the East Coast. Sitting in Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur is bordered by the Titiwangsa Mountains in the east, several minor ranges in the north and the south and the Malacca Straits in the west. Located at the confluence of the Klang and Gombak Rivers, the name Kuala Lumpur literally means ‘muddy confluence’.
Kuala Lumpur was previously under Selangor state government. In 1974, Kuala Lumpur was separated from Selangor to form today’s Kuala Lumpur under the Malaysian Federal Government. As the capital city of Malaysia nowadays, Kuala Lumpur also has the biggest population of the country.
Not a very old city, Kuala Lumpur was not found until 1820s, when the Sumatrans came for the rubber in jungles. More Malay people came over to the area since then. In Petaling, 17 km from city centre of Kuala Lumpur, they built their first settlement. The pearl in the rainforest was remained unknown until 1850, when Raja Abdullah, the Malay Chief hired 87 Chinese miners to look for tin.
Map of Selangor @ Late 19th century from The Evolution of the Urban System in Malaya
Early Chinese Miners @ by Dr Loh Wei Leng
Kuala Lumpur @ 1884 by G.R.Lambert & Co.