Catalogue of the Archives of the Dutch Central Government of Coastal Ceylon, 1640-1796

Description of the Subordinate Components

   The Governor in Council.

   Internal Affairs.

Documents dealing with defence and the military in general.
The defence of the Island was entrusted to European and native troops under European officers. The Governor was the final authority in military matters.
The fortresses, most of which had been constructed shortly before the Dutch took over from the Portuguese were maintained and improved. Some new ones like the "redoute van Eck" in Matara and Poonaryn were built, others like the Colombo and Jaffna forts were altered and strengthened.
At the end of the 18th century, when the protection was considered to be insufficient, foreign troops were brought over to the Island by the Central Government in Amsterdam. The documents connected with the regiments de Meuron, Luxembourg and Württemberg are included here. They were mercenary troops; the first mentioned was owned by a private nobleman, the second and third by ruling princes.
The connection of Ceylon with the Malabar and Coromandel coasts is also evident in the matter of its defence.