Map of Trincomalee (1775), Sri Lanka. Mannevillette, D'Apres de, Le Neptune Oriental, 1775
Map of Trincomalee (1775), Sri Lanka. Mannevillette, D'Apres de, Le Neptune Oriental, 1775

Trincomalee: Bibliography. The History of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka) during Portuguese and Dutch rule

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Written by Marco Ramerini. English text revision by Dietrich Köster.

Continued from: The first British occupation and the definitive Dutch surrender



You can also look for the sources quoted in the notes.


– Various Authors “Livro das plantas, das fortalezas, cidades e povoações do Estado da Índia Oriental”, 1991 Codex n° 1471, Paço Ducal of Vila Viçosa library.

– Various Authors “Costantine da Sa’s maps and plans of Ceylon, 1624-1628”, 1929, Colombo.

– Brohier, R.L. and Paulusz, J. H. O. “Land, maps & surveys. Descriptive catalogue of historical maps in the Surveyor General’s Office, Colombo”, vol. II, 1951, Colombo.

– Various Authors “Portuguese maps and plans of Ceylon, 1650”, 1926, Colombo.

– Various Authors “Documentos remetidos da Índia ou Livros das Monçỡes, 1625-1627”, 1999, Lisbon.

– da Silva Rego, António “Documentação para a história das missỡes do Padroado Português do Oriente. Índia”, 13 vols, Lisbon.

– Becker, Hendrick “Memoir of Hendrick Becker, Governor of Ceylon for his successor Isaac Augustyn Rumpf, 1716”, 1914, Colombo.

– Bocarro, António “O livro das plantas de todas as fortalezas, cidades e povoações do Estado da Índia Oriental”, 3 vols. Imprensa Nacional – Casa da Moeda.

– Bocarro, António “Década 13 da história da Índia”, 2 vols.

– Caen, António “Extracts from the Journal of the Commander António Caen”, in: Journal, R.A.S. (Ceylon), n° 35 (1887), “The capture of Trincomalee A.D. 1639”, pp. 123-140.

– Goens, Ryclof van “Memoir left by Riclof van Goens, Jun. Governor of Ceylon, 1675-1679 to his successor, Laurens Pyl”, Colombo.

– Perniola, V. “The Catholic church in Sri Lanka. The Portuguese period”, 3 vols. Tisara Prakasakayo Ltd, 1989-1991, Dehiwala.

– Queyroz, Fernão de “The temporal and spiritual conquest of Ceylon”, 3 vols. 28+xxviii+1274 pp. Asian Educational Services, 1992, New Delhi-Madras.- Da Silva Rego, António “Documentação para a história das missỡes do Padroado Português do Oriente. Índia”, 13 vols, Lisbon.

– Raven-Hart “The Dutch wars with Kandy, 1764-1766”, 1964, Colombo.

– Rhee, Thomas van “Memoir left by Thomas van Rhee, Governor of Ceylon, for his successor, Gerrit de Heere, 1697”, 1915, Colombo.

– Ribeiro, João “The historic tragedy of the island of Ceilão”, xvii+266 pp. Asian Educational Services, 1999, New Delhi-Madras.

– Schreuder, Jan “Memoir of Jan Schreuder, Governor of Ceylon, delivered to his successor Lubbert Jan Baron van Eck, March 17, 1762”, in: Selection from the Dutch records of the Ceylon Government, n° 5, 1946.

– Trindade, Paulo “Conquista espiritual do Oriente”, 3 vols, Centro de Estudos Históricos Ultramarinos, 1962-1964-1967, Lisbon.


– Various Authors “History of Sri Lanka, volume II (c. 1500 to c. 1800)”, xxi+614 pp. University of Peradeniya, 1995, Peradeniya.

– Arasaratnam, S. “Dutch power in Ceylon, 1658-1687”, Navrang, 1988, New Delhi.

– Arasaratnam, S. “Ceylon and the Dutch, 1600-1800”, Variorum, 1996, Aldershot.

– Barner Jensen, U. “Danish East India. Trade coins and the coins of Tranquebar, 1620-1845”, 48 pp. Uno Barner Jensen, 1997, Brovst.

– Boudens “The Catholic Church in Ceylon under Dutch rule” 1957, Roma.

– Brohier, R.L. “Links between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands”, Netherlands Alumni Association of Sri Lanka, 1978, Colombo.

– Goonewardena, K. W. “The foundation of Dutch power in Ceylon, 1638-1658”, xx+196 pp. Netherlands Institute for International Cultural Relations, 1958, Djambatan – Amsterdam.

– Kanapathypillai, V. “Dutch rule in maritime Ceylon, 1766-1796” Unpublished thesis. University of London, 1969

– Kotelawele, A. “The Dutch in Ceylon, 1743-1766”, Unpublished thesis. University of London, 1968.

– Nelson, W. A. “The Dutch forts of Sri Lanka. The military monuments of Ceylon”, xiv+152 pp. Canongate, 1984, Edinburgh.

– Silva, Chandra Richard de “The Portuguese in Ceylon, 1617-1638”, 267 pp. H. W. Cave & Company, 1972, Colombo.

– Silva, O. M. da “Vikrama Bahu of Kandy. The Portuguese and the Franciscans (1542-1551)”, xv+110 pp. M. D. Gunasena & Co. Ltd., 1967, Colombo.

– Silva, R. K. de & Beumer, W. G. M. “Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon, 1602-1796”, viii+495 pp. Serendib Publications & E. J. Brill, 1988, London & Leiden.

– Winius, G. “Fatal history of Portuguese Ceylon. Transition to Dutch rule”, xxi+215 pp. Harvard University Press, 1971, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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