Fort Focus

Sri Lanka is an island country of just 25,000 sq. mi. and 21 million people, but it boasts a history varied and rich enough to rival any nation in Asia.  Among its various governing coalitions, which include 8 medieval kingdoms and 3 colonial powers, were the Dutch, who wrested control over Sri Lanka from the Portuguese in the 17th century.  The Dutch captured Galle and its fledgling ramparts constructions before capturing Colombo.  The Dutch built up the fort and the town of Galle and adopted it as their temporary capital on the island.  A UNESCO World Heritage site, Galle Fort is cited on UNESCO’s website as “the best example of a fortified city built by Europeans in South and South-East Asia.”


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