Georgetown, named after Britain's King George III, is the historic capital of Pinang island. Located on its northeastern corner it is the largest city of the island. Georgetown was founded in 1786 by Francis Light, a trader for the British East India Company, as base for the company in the Malay States. The city retains more of its historic heritage than any other city in Malaysia. Georgetown's historic centre is located near the northeastern tip of Pinang island. Together with Melaka, Georgetown has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.
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