In 1505 (16th century) the Portuguese Lorenzo de Almeida arrived by ship to Colombo. At first he established a friendly relationship with the king of Kotte and began trading cinnamon and spices which was very valuable in Europe. The king of Kotte (who ruled near present day Colombo) gave a goat skin to the Portuguese in 1517 to use the skin to mark the perimeter of the area that the Portuguese will be occupying. The Portuguese cut the skin into small strips and took a lot of area and they used Portuguese prisoners to make a fort for soldiers to stay in Colombo.
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