The name "Sinhalé" was used when Kandasamy was crowned "Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe".The 1815 treaty between the English and the `Adigars' of the Kandyian kingdom use the name Sinhalé therein.Wheel-chairs for SL Poverty Alliviation Sinhala Songs, Baila etc. Observer The Nation Sunday Times Sunday Leader Ada Derana (English) Asian Tribune Colombo Gazette Colombo Telegraph DBS Jeyaraj Groundviews Inf OLanka Lanka e News Mawbima Lanka Lakbima (English) Lanka Business Lanka Truth Lanka Web Lanka Page Sri Lanka News online SPUR SLGuardian Tamil Net Lanka Academic Thuppahi's Blog (Micahel Roberts) J. Ethics Ehipassiko-volumes Deepavamsa and Mahavamsa Bandu Silva's comments on the Mahavamsa, 2011 Mahavamsa chapter by chapter Codrington's history of Ceylon on-line දිනමිණ Virakesari Thinakural Sudar Oli Tamiloosai Neruppu Tamil Week Thenee SL Airforce SL Army Ministry of Defense Defencewire Blog Spot SL Navy SL Nat.Media Centre GOSL news portal Tsunami [Ignore Entry warning] To search this table of place-names, simply use the "search" function of your browser (e.g, use "Edit", then "Find" or Ctrl F) and type in the place name (n.b., many spellings possible, e.g., Vaddukkodai, Vadukoddei, வட்டுக்கோட்டை, Batakotte, බටකෝට්ටෙ), or any word (e.g., Pattini) you are looking for in the dialogue box that opens up: Or click the letter to go directly to a place name: The material in all pages of this website is copyright material, and reproducing it and/or extracting material for commercial purposes or web-republication, without due permission and acknowledgment are considered an infringement.Th concept of "devolution" did not exist as there was no written constitution, as is the case even today in Britain.The vicedroys were subject to the King of the whole Island who also was gradually recognized as the protector of Buddhism, and guardian of the tooth relic of the Buddha.In modern parlance, the English were brought in by the Kandyans to establish "human Rights"! King Panduwas Dev (Pandukabhaya, 4 century BCE) had divided the country into three provinces, viz., Phiti rata or Raja rata, north of the Mahaweli Ganga and Daduru Oya, Rohana or Ruhuna being south of the Mahaweli and extending up to Kalu ganga, while Maya rata extended from the Kalu Ganga to Deduru oya.These kingdoms were governed by Yuvarajas (Viceroys) to whome power was delegated by the King.
The Kandyans were dispossessed of their land which was rapidly converted to coffee plantations, and subsequently to tea.
Subsequent names, e.g., 'Ceilao', "Ceilan", `Ceylam', Ceylan', Zeilon, and Ceylon are adapted from "Serendib". The Frenchman Sier Sanson's 1652 map uses 'Ceylan'.
The Dutch map of 1681 uses the name Ceylon and Conde Uda to refer to the kingdom of Kandy (Conde).
The British signed a treaty with the Kandyan Adigars (minsters) handing over Sinhalé to the British in return for their guaranteeing various rights including the primacy of Buddhism.
It soon became evident that the "Kandyan convention" was a sham which was not being respected by the British.
However, when ever the King of Lanka was weak, the three "kingdoms" functioned as quasi-independent units fighting each other for hegemony, often allying with Indian regional princes in the Chola, Pandyan or Northern India.