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However, the name Salaka was also used in Greek, at the time.`Taprobane' is believed to be derived from `Tambapanni', a name allegedly given to the island by Founder-Prince, Vijaya, because of the golden brown sands of the coast near Mannar (Manthota) where he landed.The Dutch replaced the Portuguese as the Colonial power, due to events in Europe and as a consequence of treaties made by the Sinhalese king who hoped to use the Dutch to displace the Portuguese.

The early Pali writings of Sri Lanka also mention similar names for kingdoms located in the subcontinent.The 1818 rebellion as well as other uprisings were brutally suppressed by the new British rulers using genocidal measures.The Kandyans were dispossessed of their land which was rapidly converted to coffee plantations, and subsequently to tea.Use of the material for scholarly and academic purposes with due acknowledgment is welcome. The name Lanka, used in the Epic chronicles, was adopted in to Prakrit with the addition of a leading vowel which could be "a, e, (h)e, or i".Thus the form Lanka → Helanka හෙලංකා appears in Sinhala Prakrit (language of the common people) as the abbreviated form Hela, හෙල.

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