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TAMIL History of Two Nations Part 1 of 2

TAMIL History of Two Nations Part 1 of 2

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History of two nations
In the island of Srilanka
Part 1 of 2 
SINHALA
TAMIL
 
 
Sri Lanka is the name of the islandearlier known as CeylonSituated off the south eastern tip of India, separated by 22 miles of sea called the Palk Strait.It covers an area of 25,322 squaremiles almost the size of Ireland or Tasmania and has a totalpopulation of 18 million.Evidence for presence of the Tamiland Sinhala people in the islanddates back to over 2,500 years.The island had three separatekingdoms when first invaded bythe Europeans
 
 
1505
- Arrival of Portuguese - They first occupied the lowcountry Sinhalese areas in the south west of the Island.1621-Jaffna Tamil Kingdom fell to the Portuguese (morethan a century later).
1656
- Dutch occupied areas which were under Portuguesecontrol.
1802
-Treaty of Amiens - Dutch possessions ceded to theBritish.
1815
- The Sinhalese Kandyan Kingdom in the central partsconquered by the British, having annexed the TamilVanni Kingdom in the north.
The European Colonial Era1505 to 1815

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