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In the year 1972, the former British crown colony Ceylon- independent since 1948-changed its constitution and became a republic under the name of Sri Lanka. Today it is little known that Ceylon has once been famous for the outstanding quality not of its tea leaves but of its coffee beans. Tea cultivation impressively demonstrated its economic potential and, thus, rendered any return to coffee cultivation obsolete and undesirable. The transition from coffee to tea cultivation as the backbone of Ceylonese economy happened remarkably quick. In the field of social or economic history the choice of an exact and accurate observational period is a most difficult task because of the highly complex and interdependent 'flow' of historical developments. In the first decade of the twentieth century, rubber cultivation was successfully introduced to Ceylon and-along with the traditional cultivation of the coconut-diversified the island's cash crop sector.

Keywords:Ceylon; coffee cultivation; tea cultivation



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