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A New Destiny For Ceylon 1798-1805

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In practice, the government of Ceylon fell under the responsibility of the new governor-general, the Marquess Richard Wellesley, while the civil servants were recruited from the Madras presidency. The newly appointed governor, Frederick North, has earned an interesting reputation in the historiography. His immediate successors were full of criticism regarding his government and most historians have shown little sympathy for the man. This chapter focuses on the interaction between North and his superiors in Calcutta and London, and the plans that were made for the role that Ceylon was to play in the arena of the British Empire. At the same time, attention is paid to the way Frederick North shaped his government and dealt with the legacy of his immediate predecessors and the Dutch rulers. This means that the chapter not only focuses on the institutional development, but also on North’s interpretation of the system of indirect rule.

Keywords: British Empire; Calcutta; civil servants; Dutch rulers; Frederick North; government of Ceylon; indirect rule; institutional development; London; Marquess Richard Wellesley



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