History


3rd Century
 


Buddhism introduced in Sri Lanka.
 

6th Century
 

The Singhalese came to Sri Lanka, probably from North India.
 

14th Century

The Tamils came from South India to Sri Lanka and established a Tamil kingdom in the North and East of Sri Lanka.
 

16th Century

The Portuguese occupied Sri Lanka.
 

17th Century

The Dutch drove away the Portuguese and took over the power.
 

1796

The British drove away the Dutch and took over the power.
 

1802

De British changed Sri Lanka into a crown colony.
 

1815

Sri Lanka part of British government.
 

1948

Sri Lanka (called Ceylon) becomes independent.
 

1972

Name change: Ceylon became Sri Lanka.
(Sri=Beautiful; Lanka=Wonderful Country)
 

1982

Tensions between the Singhalese majority and the Tamil minority resulted in a civil war. A hundred thousand died in this civil war.
 

2002

After two decennia of civil war there is a cease-fire.
 

2006

The civil war started again.
 

2009

Death of Tamil leader Prabakaran. End of the civil war.