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Ceylon

1815–1948
Flag of Ceylon
Flag
Coat of arms of Ceylon
Coat of arms
Anthem: God Save the King/Queen
(1815–1948)
Sri Lanka (orthographic projection).svg
British Ceylon, ca. 1914
British Ceylon, ca. 1914
Status British Colony
Capital Colombo
Common languages English (Official),
Sinhala and Tamil
Government Monarchy
Monarch  
• 1815–20
George III (first)
• 1936–48
George VI (last)
Governor  
• 1798–1805
Frederick North (first)
• 1944–48
Sir Henry Monck-Mason Moore (last)
Prime Minister  
• 1947–48
Don Stephen Senanayake
Legislature Legislative Council (1833–1931)
State Council (1931–47)
Parliament (1947—48)
Historical era British Ceylon period
• Kandyan Convention
5 March 1815
• Independence
4 February 1948
Area
1881 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
1891 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
1901 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
1924 65,992 km2 (25,480 sq mi)
1946 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
Population
• 1881
2,759,700
• 1891
3,007,800
• 1901
3,565,900
• 1924
4,574,550
• 1946
6,657,300
Currency Ceylonese rixdollar (1815–28)
British pound (1825–71)
Ceylonese rupee (1872—1948)
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kingdom of Kandy
Dutch Ceylon
Vannimai
Dominion of Ceylon
Today part of  Sri Lanka
Source for 1924 area and population:

Ceylon (Sinhala: බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ලංකාව, Brithānya Laṃkāva; Tamil: பிரித்தானிய இலங்கை, Birithaniya Ilangai) was the British Crown colony of present-day Sri Lanka between 1815 and 1948. Initially the area it covered did not include the Kingdom of Kandy, which was a protectorate, but from 1817 to 1948 the British possessions included the whole island of Ceylon, now the nation of Sri Lanka.


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