The Dutch captured Galle from the Portuguese on 13th March
1640. On this date began the regular series of the council minutes which
extends up to February 16th, 1796, the date of the capitulation to the
In 1644, when they captured Negombo for the second time, the
Dutch set up a government there too. The necessity for this lay in the
difficulty of communication with the other section of the Dutch forces in
Galle. In Negombo, minutes of a military council were recorded in the same way
as in Galle.
After the capture of Colombo in 1656, this town was made the
main seat of the Central Government; the council minutes of the preceding
period were brought here and entered in the list of the council minutes under a
.The same method has been adopted in this catalogue. The
minutes were taken down in draft. The fair copies, in which the documents
discussed were incorporated in the text, were signed by all the members
present. The originals of the documents so incorporated have been bound in a
special series, which however does not start until 1742.