Dear Mr Davidson, What over excitement and sweeping statements!!! My English ancestor came as a merchant seaman WITH his wife and some of his children on board the ship he part owned. He was NOT a conqueror but a hardworking merchant from Clapham there were many others who followed suite. The British did 'conquer' the Dutch thru' force of arms as they had fallen from favour. The Dutch were allowed to trade by the Kandyan King in the coastal regions in exchange for military defence and against the Portuguese who had fallen out of favour, No wonder when Lanka was constantly under attack from S.India. The Kandyan Kings were mostly Malabari thru' marriage with those Princesses from India obviously to keep the S. Indians from attacking them.The Sinhalese themselves diskliked the 'Lansi' and the Tamils' I know this personally as I have 2 Sinhalese grandmothers.As I have state before, the Dutch married Portuguese mestizos of mixed race as they were Christian. IN the Caribbean, children of mixed race were called octoroon, quadroons etc. The Japanese called those of mixed race, the dust of the earth!!The Chinese regarded foreigners as 'Devils' Wherever my English Aunt went in the 40's and 50's in Ceylon there were hoots mostlly derisive from thelocals of 'Sudha, Sudha. Caste, Class etc still exist but in England today there are so many mixed marriages and apparently many British, 1 in 10 have African blood from the days the Romans brought slaves so why pick on the Dutch and English many of whom were born in India and Ceylon and loved those countries and peoples.Considering the housing and employment problems here in the UK I hope we are not overwhelmed by the E. Europeans now coming over in droves as this is only a small island and grossly overpopulated in the south.