Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka in 36 historical maps


Item: e-Atlas
Edition: 2.0, 2019
Language: English
Pages: 116
Format: PDF
File size: 17 Mb 
Author: T-O-Maps


The name Sri Lanka  means “Holy Island” (from Sanskrit). Its former name is Ceylon, from Ceilão (Portuguese) and Zeilan (Dutch).  It probably refers to “land of the lions”. On classical maps, based on Ptolemy’s writings, it was called Taprobana. This refers to “the island of King Rawana”. In the 16th and 17th century numerous separate maps appeared based on information of Dutch and Portuguese explorers. The capital city Colombo became an important harbour through the establishment of trading posts by  Dutch, Portuguese and British colonists.* 
*NOTE: Sri Lanka and Colombo were already known to the Chinese and Arabs since the 8th century.




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