History



History is given a new meaning; a different perspective, within these pages as we take you on a trip back in time, visiting some of the vary places mentioned elsewhere in this website. This page also covers significant events of that era, pluck their background stories  to gives us a broader understanding of our past.

 

In keeping within the timeframe of the genealogical data presented elsewhere in this web site, we limit the scope of the study to a period beginning with the Kotte period and ending up in the later part of the 20th Century.

Kotte and the Portuguese Era:
        Jayawardhanapura: The Capital of the kingdom of Sri Lanka.
        The remains of the day.
        Kotte as it is today; A virtual tour.

The Dutch Period:
        Diyambetalawa; The Islet in the River.
        Early Prints of Kalutara and it's Fort.
        Mahawatta - The Dutch land grant.

The British Period:
        The Whist Bungalow
        Donald Friend and 'The City of Galle'.
        Closenberg; The Cliff Citadel.
        Early Postal History of Ceylon and the P & O Steam Navigation Company.
    
Mackinnon Mackenzie Company Ceylon and the P&O.


Reference :
 
  History of Ceylon - The Portuguese Period.
A brief history of Ceylon covering the Portuguese period. This study has been included here as it places and corroborates the events mentioned in the Karava history page.
  History of Ceylon - The Dutch Period.
A brief history of Ceylon covering the Dutch period. This study has been included here as it places and corroborates the events mentioned in the Karava history page.
  History of Ceylon - The British Period.
A brief history of Ceylon covering the British period. This study has been included here as it places and relates to the events mentioned in the Karava history page.

Water Colour Painting of Galle by Palitha Gunasinghe. From a Sri Lanka Postcard.