"Portuguese Influence" Sri Lanka Local Custom Tip by supune
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This picture is of an old portuguese Fort in Galle. The Portugues were the first European power in Sri Lanka. They came in the 1500s led by Dom Lourenço de Almeida in 1505 or 1506. Giving up key ports in a treaty with the Portuguese was what led to European dominance in the cinamon and spice trade. The Portuguese also brought in missionaries and started converting people to Christianity (that's why my grandfather on my mother's side is named Joseph Gerrad-Joquim Silva).
By the mid 1550s even a king and queen were baptised and came under Portuguese control. By the end of the century, King Phillip of Spain/Portugal was proclaimed king of Ceylon. Only the central kingdom of Kandy remained indepedent, but then also fell under european control later. That is why there are so many Fernados, Perreras, and de Silvas in the coastal parts of Sri Lanka.
Then the Dutch and then later the British would also colonize the island after the Portuguese lost power in the mid 1600s.
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