Maps (Click to Enlarge)

B. Van Leir map, 1751. This map is kept in the Hague in Brussels.

What makes this Dutch map, so important, is that it contains all the names of the districts of then Sinhale.

For example, Panangama, which today consisting of parts of Mannar, Vavuniya and Mullativu districts.

Anurajapura, has been made smaller, as initially, it consisted of parts of Mannar and was all the way to the coast and also what is today north Triquenamale district.

Many of the districts bore their original Sinhala names but now in many cases, they bare Tamilized names eg Waligama-Valikamaman.

Also notice, in the Eastern parts of the country in 1751. Their was still a district called Maha Rohana.

Today's map of Sri Lanka. Please compare this, with that off the map to the left.
Ancient Map of Lanka
 

 

Below are maps, that are found in the Netherlands and can be said as been amazing. These maps show, that even as late as the mid-18th Century. The East was near 100% Sinhala. Today the Sinhala populace of this Important region, accounts even below 40%.

Links...:

*Sinhala Villages of Eastern Lanka 1695

*Yala to Tricoil

*Tricoil to Batacalo

*Batacalo to Cotiar

 

 
   
  Dutch National Archives-1695  
 
Dutch National Archives-1695   Dutch National Archives-1695
   
  Dutch National Archives-1695  
 
Part One of a map consisting of four parts. This contains, details on the man made wall between the Sea and the Estuary. This particular area, we belive to be inbetween Kalmunai and Batacalo.  
Part Two of a map consisting of four parts. This contains, details on the man made wall between the Sea and the Estuary. This particular area, we belive to be inbetween Kalmunai and Batacalo.
   
  Dutch National Archives-1695  
 
Dutch National Archives-1695   Dutch National Archives-1695
   
 

Dutch National Archives-1695

 
 
Dutch National Archives-1724/1726   Dutch National Archives-1724/1726
   
  Dutch National Archives-1724/1726  

 

Dutch National Archives-1735   Dutch National Archives-1735
 
Dutch National Archives-1735   Dutch National Archives-1735

 
Dutch National Archives-1750   Dutch National Archives-1750
   
 

Dutch National Archives-17th Century

Please notice the name 'Bodhiwilla', right above the village of Anogama. Today, this is 'Potuvil'.

 
 
Dutch National Archives-1753   Dutch National Archives-1753
   
  Dutch National Archives-1753  
 
Dutch National Archives-1753   Dutch National Archives-1753
 
Original Sinhala names and the today's Tamil names.   Original Sinhala names and the today's Tamil names.