Dutch Ceylon

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Dutch Governorate of Ceylon
Flag of Dutch Ceylon
of Dutch Ceylon
Coat of arms
Dutch territorial expansion in Ceylon 1690.
Dutch territorial expansion in Ceylon 1690.
Common languagesSinhala, Tamil, and Dutch
• 1640–1640
Willem Jacobszoon Coster
• 1794–1796
Johan van Angelbeek
Historical eraImperialism
• Established
13 March 1640
• Disestablished
16 February 1796
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Portuguese Ceylon
Kingdom of Sitawaka
Kingdom of Kandy
British Ceylon
Today part of Sri Lanka

Dutch Ceylon existed from 1640 to 1796. It is called Landesi Lankava in Sinhala.

In the early 17th century, Sri Lanka (which was called Ceylon at the time), was divided between the Portuguese, and several local kingdoms. The kingdoms were fighting against each other very often. Although the Portuguese were not winning the war, their rule was rather burdensome to the people of the areas they controlled. At some point, the king of Kandy asked the Dutch for help. The Dutch East India Company ran the country. Even though they managed to control large areas near the coast, they did not control the mountain areas and the Kandxan kingdom in the center of the island.[1] The Dutch interest in Ceylon was to have a stronghold against the Iberians (Spanish and Portuguese) at the time.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Sri Lanka - Kingdom of Kandy - 1476-1818".