Like Colombo, Galle’s location in a natural harbour has attracted merchants throughout history. The narrow entry caused by local reefs made it also a strategically interesting location for a fortification. During colonial times Galle functioned as the main port through which cinnamon was exported, and to protect this route both the Portuguese and the Dutch respectively built and maintained forts there. The Dutch fort in Galle still stands and is an important heritage site.
Like Colombo, 18th-century Galle attracted people from the surrounding villages to visit the courts. This happened, for example, with Gimara. What happened after Gimara and her sons went to Galle to seek justice, you can read: