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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Due to its large harbour and
its strategic position along the
East-West sea trade routes,
Colombo was known to
ancient traders 2,000 years
ago. It was made the capital
of the island when Sri Lanka
was ceded to the British
Empire in 1815,[3] and its
status as capital was retained
when the nation became
independent in 1948. In 1978,
when administrative functions
were moved to Sri
Jayawardenepura Kotte,
Colombo was designated as
the commercial capital of Sri
Lanka.