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Civic heraldry of Sri Lanka
The arms show a lascarin soldier. These soldiers were imported in large numbers by the Dutch from Java and Malaya. The soldier probably symbolises the large number of soldiers in the two large Dutch fortresses in the town.
The above image dates from a manuscript dating from 1717/1720. The town currently does not use arms.
Literature : Silva, de and Beumer, Illustrations and views of Dutch Ceylon 1602-1796, 1988.
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