British Ceylon

Ceylon
British colony
1815–1948
Anthem
God Save the King (1815–1837; 1901–1948)
God Save the Queen (1837–1901)
Capital Colombo
Languages English (Official),
Sinhala and Tamil
Government Monarchy
British Monarch
 •  1815–1820 George III
 •  1820–1830 George IV
 •  1830–1837 William IV
 •  1837–1901 Victoria
 •  1901–1910 Edward VII
 •  1910–1936 George V
 •  1936 Edward VIII
 •  1936–1948 George VI
Governor of Ceylon
 •  1798–1805 Frederick North
 •  1805–1811 Thomas Maitland
 •  1812–1820 Robert Brownrigg
 •  1944–1948 Henry Monck-Mason Moore
Prime minister
 •  1947–1948 Don Stephen Senanayake
Legislature Legislative Council of Ceylon (1833–1931)
State Council of Ceylon (1931–1947)
Historical era New Imperialism
 •  Kandyan Convention 5 March 1815
 •  Independence 4 February 1948
Area
 •  1881 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
 •  1924 65,992 km2 (25,480 sq mi)
 •  1931 65,610 km2 (25,330 sq mi)
Population
 •  1881 est. 2,759,700 
     Density 42/km2 (109/sq mi)
 •  1891 est. 3,007,800 
     Density 46/km2 (119/sq mi)
 •  1901 est. 3,565,900 
     Density 54/km2 (141/sq mi)
 •  1924 est. 4,574,550 
     Density 69/km2 (180/sq mi)
 •  1931 est. 5,306,400 
     Density 81/km2 (209/sq mi)
Currency Ceylonese rixdollar (1815–1828)
British pound (1825–1869)
Ceylonese Rupee
Preceded by
Succeeded by
Kandyan Kingdom
Dutch Ceylon
Vannimai
Dominion of Ceylon
Today part of  Sri Lanka
Source for 1924 area and population: [1]
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British Ceylon (Sinhala: බ්‍රිතාන්‍ය ලංකාව, Britanya Lankava; Tamil: பிரித்தானிய இலங்கை, Birithaniya Ilangai), known contemporaneously as Ceylon, was a British Crown colony between 1802 and 1948. At first the area it covered did not include the Kingdom of Kandy, which was a protectorate from 1815, but from 1817 to 1948 the British possessions included the whole island of Ceylon, now the nation of Sri Lanka.

  1. ^ "The British Empire in 1924". The British Empire. Retrieved 7 November 2017. 

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