During the late 18th century, George Town’s status as a free port enticed thousands of traders and merchants to the fledgling settlement. The British appointed a Kapitan Keling (captain) to manage the growing community of Indian Muslims. The first was Cauder Mohideen. In 1801, he founded the Kapitan Keling Mosque. Today, the word keling is considered derogatory, but the name of the city’s largest Islam mosque has not changed.