Sri Jayawardhanapura was the capital of Kotte Kingdom which was founded in 1412. After 1551 the increasing power of the Portuguese became a threat to the independence of Sri Lanka. After the demise of King Buwanekabahu they were able to secure the power of Kotte Kingdom. Their choice as the center of administration was the city of Colombo. Colombo Fort was considered to be the Naval Headquarters and the center of local administration while Pettah became a habitat area.

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