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century transformed the Port of Penang into a major tin-exporting port in the Malay Peninsula, directly challenging the Port of Singapore.
The rapid population growth stemming from economic development created problems such as sanitation, inadequate urban infrastructure, transportation and public health.
Penang Island was renamed the Prince of Wales Island after the heir to the British throne, while the new settlement of George Town was created in honour of King George III.
The segregation of George Town's commercial and administrative centres, as well as ethnic enclaves, can still be seen to this day; banks and warehouses were arranged along George Town's financial heart at Beach Street, whereas administrative and judicial buildings are concentrated around Light Street, which functions as a government precinct.
The booming spice trade had led to the opening of spice farms all over Penang Island, making the island a centre of spice production in South-east Asia; the export of spices also allowed the Company to cover the administrative costs of Penang.
It also serves as the financial hub within the north of Malaysia, with numerous Malaysian and foreign banks setting up branches in the city.
Due to the intermingling of the various ethnicities and religions that arrived on its shores during its heyday as a British entrepôt, George Town acquired a large assortment of colonial and Asian eclectic architectural styles, which led to its inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2008.
Moreover, the city hosts intangible cultural heritage, such as that of the Peranakan (formerly known as the Straits Chinese), a hybrid ethnicity which has left its mark on Penang's architecture and cuisine.
Captain Francis Light died from malaria in 1794 and was buried within the Old Protestant cemetery at Northam Road (now Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah).
To this day, Light is honoured as the founding father of Penang.
Main roads were extended from George Town into the spice farms further inland, leading to the gradual expansion of George Town.