Sri Lanka

  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


According to the Mahawansa chronicle, an Indian prince from the valley of the Ganges, named Vijaya, arrived in the 6th century b.c. and became the first king of the Sinhalese. The monarchical form of government continued until the beginning of the 19th century when the British subjugated the Kandyan Kingdom in the central highlands.


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Further Reading

  1. The Sri Lanka Year Book. Department of Census and Statistics. Colombo, Annual Census Publications from 1871Google Scholar
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