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Dutch Governorate of Ceylon

Nederlands-Ceylon
1640–1796
Flag of Dutch Ceylon
Flag
of Dutch Ceylon
Coat of arms
Dutch territorial expansion in Ceylon 1690.
Dutch territorial expansion in Ceylon 1690.
Status Governorate
Capital Galle
Colombo
Common languages Sinhala, Tamil, and Dutch
Governor  
• 1640–1640
Willem Jacobszoon Coster
• 1794–1796
Johan van Angelbeek
Historical era Imperialism
• 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 Ceyoln was an entity that existed from 1640 to 1796. It is called ලන්දේසි ලංකාව Landesi Lankava in Sinhala. In the early 17th century, Sri Laka (which was called Ceylon at the time), was divided between the Portugese, and several local kingdoms. The kingdoms were fighting agains each other very often. Although the Portuguese were not winning the war, their rule was rather burdensome to the people of those areas controlled by them. At some point, the king of Kandy asked the Durch for help. The Dutch East India Company ran the country. Even though they managed to control large aras near the coast, they did not countrol the mountain areas and the Kandxan kingdom in the center of the iland. The Durch inteerest in Ceylon was to have a stornghold against the Iberians (Spanish and Portugese) at the time.

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