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#5 – Ceylon (1505 to 1972)

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This country located in South Asia. Today it is known as the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Ceylon had a rich history of international relations, being trading center for the Arabs from the 7th century, and then for the Europeans. Ceylon was alternately ruled by the Portuguese, then the Dutch and finally the British, from whom Ceylon gained full independence in 1948. In 1972 Ceylon changed its name to Sri Lanka.

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