Exhibition VOC Forts in Sri Lanka; Cinnamon and Elephants. Form 19th of May 2018 till May 2019 an exhibition about former Dutch fortresses in Sri Lanka is shown at the Dutch Fortress Museum in Naarden.
In 1636 the Dutch East India Company (VOC) was invited by the King of Kandy to help drive out the Portuguese from Sri Lanka, then called Ceylon. After a war lasting from 1638 to 1658 the VOC established a colonial administration in the maritime provinces of the island. In 1796 British troops in turn kicked out the VOC.
A conquered country with many forts
The map on this page shows the plans of 22 forts on Ceylon. The forts along the coast mainly served to ward off rival Europeans but also to call the local population to order if necessary.
Construction and maintenance
The Portuguese fortifications were simply constructed. After the Portuguese had been driven out in 1658, the Dutch East India Company (VOC) adopted the forts to meet the requirements of modern fort building and the VOC’s troop strength.
UNESCO Word Heritage
In 1988 Sri Lanka’s request to place the old fortified town of Galle on the UNESCO World Heritage List was honoured. The fortified town of Naarden is the ultimate, perfect example of the New Dutch Waterline (Nieuwe Hollandse Waterlinie). The nomination to place the New Dutch Waterline on the World Heritage List will be submitted to UNESCO in 2019.
from Saturday, May 19, 2018 till