View near Point de Galle, Ceylon

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<img src="" alt="View near Point de Galle, Ceylon from Twenty-Four Views Taken in St. Helena, the Cape, India, Ceylon, Abyssinia, and Egypt (1809)" />


Point de Galle in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) was inferior only to Trincomalee as a harbour. Salt's view was taken "at the spot where ended a canal ... constructed by the Dutch, for the purpose of bringing down from the forests of the interior, those beautiful woods, which form the chief ornament of the cabinet-work of Europe. The groves of Cocoa-nut trees ... add greatly to the beauty of the scene, and form a roof of foliage impervious to the rays of the sun ... The climate of Pointe de Galle is in general good; Ceylon has not the alternate rainy season, like the coast of Malabar and Coromandel; but being situated between them, is at all time liable to occasional showers which cool the air."

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