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by A Total TaiTai Tale

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The name “Negombo” is the Portuguese corrupted name of its Tamil name Neerkolombu

Negombo has a large bilingual population of Roman Catholics, known as Negombo Tamils who have their own Tamil dialect but mostly identify themselves as Sinhalese.

Negombo served also as a shelter for Arabic vessels and was a major port known for its trading activity and was well known for its cinnamon cultivation.
During the Portuguese occupation, the Karava (the dominant seafaring clan of Negombo), who were previously Hindu, embraced Catholicism. So successfully were they converted that today Negombo is sometimes known as ‘Little Rome’ and nearly two thirds of its population profess the Catholic faith.

And that’s all my Wikipedia knowledge 😂
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