Everyday Lankan History


Located in a natural harbour, today’s largest city of Sri Lanka has been an important port town for centuries. When nearby Kotte was conquered by the Portuguese, they made Colombo into their headquarters and they established a fort. After a violent takeover by the VOC in 1656, a new fort was built and over the following decades Colombo would grow in size and population to become the capital of colonial Sri Lanka.

Many of the stories you will find on this website have their origins in Colombo, where the VOC government seated. The individuals described in this website’s stories travel there to go to church, court, or the port. See, for example, the stories of Francisco Fernando, Francina Farnando, and Anthony Gomez.