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June 27, 2017

17 Extremely Rare Photos Capture Everyday Life of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1880s

Sri Lanka is an island country in South Asia. Sri Lanka has maritime borders with India to the northwest and the Maldives to the southwest.

Sri Lanka's geographic location and deep harbours made it of great strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II. Sri Lanka was known from the beginning of British colonial rule until 1972 as Ceylon.

Sri Lanka's documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of pre-historic human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years. It is a diverse and multicultural country, and home to many religions, ethnic groups, and languages.

These rare photos from archivist Patrick Montgomery that show everyday life of Ceylon (Sri Lanka) in the 1880s.

Village scene near Kandy, ca. 1880s

Village, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Brahma Temple, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Buddhist priests, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Country road, Colombo, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Elephants, ca. 1880s

Giant bamboo, ca. 1880s

Kandy, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Negumbo Canal, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Sanquhar estate, Pussellawa, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Sinhalese fishing boat, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Snake charmers, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

Tamil coolie picking tea, Ceylon, 1875

The base of a Dagoba in Anuradhapura, Ceylon, ca. 1880s

The lake, Kandy, Ceylon, ca. 1880s


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