The name "Sinhalé" was used when Kandasamy was crowned "Sri Wikrama Rajasinghe".The 1815 treaty between the English and the `Adigars' of the Kandyian kingdom use the name Sinhalé therein.The name Taprobana is attributed to Megasthenes in the 4th century BCE.
With the rise of British power in the 18 to 19th century, the Dutch were replaced by the British as the colonial masters of the Dutch possessions, and finally the whole of Ceylon in 1815.
The fall of the King of Kandy was due to intrigues among the ministers against a king who had become a harsh and suspicious ruler, as well as due to the actions of British envoys like O'Doyle who fanned the intrigues.
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