Sandakan was the former capital of British North Borneo until 1946. The town prospered in the early days due to its port with visiting traders from around the world. Sandakan is an important town to Australian and British WWII history with the infamous Death Marches commencing here in 1945 and ending in Ranau. After WWII the capital moved to Jesselton (now Kota Kinabalu)
Sandakan is derived from the Suluk word sanda, meaning to pawn, and kan being the suffix.
So Sandakan means the place that was pawned. Who pawned it, and to whom, remains a mystery.
Located : Sandakan is a city in Sabah, Malaysia
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