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Colombo is often referred to as the capital since Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte is within the urban area of, and a suburb of, Colombo.It is also the administrative capital of Western Province, Sri Lanka and the district capital of Colombo District.Although the British captured Colombo in 1796, it remained a British military outpost until the Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to them in 1815 and they made Colombo the capital of their newly created crown colony of British Ceylon.Unlike the Portuguese and Dutch before them, whose primary use of Colombo was as a military fort, the British began constructing houses and other civilian structures around the fort, giving rise to the current City of Colombo.In 1638 the Dutch signed a treaty with King Rajasinha II of Kandy which assured the king assistance in his war against the Portuguese in exchange for a monopoly of the island's major trade goods.The Portuguese resisted the Dutch and the Kandyans but were gradually defeated in their strongholds beginning in 1639.Their descendants now comprise the local Sri Lankan Moor community.

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Within a short time, however, they expelled the Muslim inhabitants of Colombo and began to build a fort in 1517.It is the financial centre of the island and a popular tourist destination.