Following the Kandyan Wars, the island was united under British rule in 1815. Armed uprisings against the British took place in the 1818 Uva Rebellion and the 1848 Matale Rebellion. Independence was finally granted in 1948 but the country remained a Dominion of the British Empire until 1972.
How long was Sri Lanka a British colony?
The British Ceylon period is the history of Sri Lanka between 1815 and 1948. It follows the fall of the Kandyan Kingdom into the hands of the British Empire. It ended over 2300 years of Sinhalese monarchy rule on the island. The British rule on the island lasted until 1948 when the country regained independence.
When did British leave Sri Lanka?
It succeeded when, on 4 February 1948, Ceylon was granted independence as the Dominion of Ceylon. Dominion status within the British Commonwealth was retained for the next 24 years until 22 May 1972 when it became a republic and was renamed the Republic of Sri Lanka.
When British made Sri Lanka a colony?
1815 and 1948 When Sri Lanka was a British colony, between 1815 and 1948, it was called Ceylon, hence the name, Ceylon tea.
Who originally colonized Sri Lanka?
The Colonization of Sri Lanka began with the Portuguese in 1505. It ended in 1948 after the British gave Independence to Sri Lanka.
Did British rule Sri Lanka?
Sri Lanka was ruled by 181 monarchs from the Anuradhapura to Kandy periods. From the 16th century, some coastal areas of the country were also controlled by the Portuguese, Dutch and British. Independence was finally granted in 1948 but the country remained a Dominion of the British Empire until 1972.
Who ruled Sri Lanka before British?
Between 1597 and 1658, a substantial part of the island was under Portuguese rule. The Portuguese lost their possessions in Ceylon due to Dutch intervention in the Eighty Years War. Following the Kandyan Wars, the island was united under British rule in 1815.
Are there still Tamils in Sri Lanka?
70% of Sri Lankan Tamils in Sri Lanka live in the Northern and Eastern provinces .Sri Lankan Tamils.இலங்கை தமிழர் (ஈழத் தமிழர்)Total population~ 3.0 million (estimated; excluding Moors and Indian Tamils)Regions with significant populationsSri Lanka2,270,924 (2012)19 more rows