Portuguese Encounters with Sri Lanka and the Maldives: Translated Texts from the Age of Discoveries

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Chandra Richard De Silva
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2009 - History - 248 pages
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Portuguese Encounters with Sri Lanka and the Maldives: Translated Texts from the Age of the Discoveries is designed to provide access to translations of 16th- and 17th-century documents which illustrate various aspects of this encounter, combining texts from indigenous sources with those from the Portuguese histories and archives. These documents contribute to the growing understanding that different groups of European colonizers - missionaries, traders and soldiers - had conflicting motivations and objectives. Scholars have also begun to emphasize that the colonized were not mere victims but had their own agendas and that they occasionally successfully manipulated colonial powers. The texts in this volume help to substantiate these assertions while also illustrating the changing nature of the interactions.
 

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Contents

The First Visit of the Portuguese to Sri Lanka
1
Sri Lanka and its Peoples
23
King Bhuvanekabahu and the Portuguese
51
Religion and Politics
77
Conquest Resistance and Governance
109
The Peace Treaty of 1617
153
The Portuguese and the Maldives
173
Glossary and Abbreviations
223
Bibliography
229
Index
235
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Chandra R. de Silva is Professor of History and Dean of the College of Arts and Letters, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia, USA

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