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StartWillem Jacobszoon Coster
1640 - 1640
AfterJan Thyszoon Payart
1640 - 1646
Willem Jacobszoon Coster
Dutch Governors | Dutch - (1640 - 1640)
Willem Jacobszoon Coster (1590, Akersloot - 21 August 1640) was the Governor of Zeylan during the Dutch period in Ceylon. He was appointed in 13 March 1640 and was Governor until 1 August 1640. He was succeeded by Jan Thyszoon Payart.
 
In 1637 Rajasingha II, king of Kandy approached the Dutch East India Company for military support against the Portuguese occupiers. Admiral Adam Westerwold was sent to help the king to capture fort Batticaloa. Coster had arrived in April 1638 in Trincomalee, which was already in Dutch hands, and sailed for Batticaloa with three ships and 180 men, where he waited for the arrival of Westerwold. The admiral arrived with four ships on May 10, while the troops of the king arrived the next day from inland. On May 14 the Portuguese surrendered the fort and were deported to the Coromandel coast. The next week king Rajasingha signed an agreement with the VOC to allow a monopoly in the trade in cinnamon, amongst others, in exchange for help driving the Portuguese out of his kingdom. After Westerwold left, Coster remained in fort Batticaloa with 100 men.
 
In early 1640 Kandy and the VOC had signed another agreement and decided to capture Galle from the Portuguese. Coster arrived with his troops on March 8. while on March 11 the king's troops and three VOC ships arrived with 400 sailors and soldiers. On 13 March 1640, the combined troops under command of Coster overpowered the fort Santiago and took over the city. This fort was subsequently renamed Akersloot after the birthplace of Coster. The High Counsil decided to install Coster as Governor of Ceylon, with Galle as residence, where he had a garrison of 200 men.
 
As part of the agreement, Trincomalee was returned to Kandy. When Rajasingha learned that Coster was reluctant to return more of the conquered land, he had him and his seven companions murdered near Nilgala on the way back from Kandy to Batticaloa in August 1640.
 
Coster's wife was one of the first Dutch women to arrive in Ceylon, in November 1640. She did not know that her husband had been murdered and returned to Batavia. from Wiki
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Dutch Governors
1. Willem Jacobszoon Coster1640 - 1640
2. Jan Thyszoon Payart1640 - 1646
3. Joan Maetsuyker1646 - 1650
4. Jacob van Kittensteyn1650 - 1653
5. Adriaan van der Meyden1653 - 1660
6. Rijckloff van Goens1660 - 1661
7. Adriaan van der Meyden1661 - 1663
8. Rijckloff van Goens1663 - 1663
9. Jacob Hustaert1663 - 1664
10. Adriaen Roothaes1664 - 1665
11. Rijckloff van Goens1665 - 1675
12. Ryklof van Goens de jonge1675 - 1679
13. Laurens van Pyl1679 - 1693
14. Thomas van Rhee1693 - 1695
15. Paulus van Rhoo1695 - 1695
16. Gerrit de Heere1697 - 1702
17. Cornelis Joan Simons1703 - 1707
18. Hendrik Becker1707 - 1716
19. Isaak Augustyn Rumpf1716 - 1723
20. Arnold Moll1723 - 1724
21. Johannes Hertenberg1724 - 1725
22. Joan Paul Schaghen1725 - 1726
23. Petrus Vuyst1726 - 1729
24. Stephanus Versluys1729 - 1732
25. Gualterus Woutersz1732 - 1732
26. Jacob Christiaan Pielat1732 - 1734
27. Diederik van Domburg1734 - 1736
28. Jan Macare1736 - 1736
29. Gustaaf Willem baron van Imhoff1736 - 1740
30. Willem Maurits Bruyninck1740 - 1742
31. Daniel Overbeek1742 - 1743
32. Julius Valentyn Stein van Gollenesse1743 - 1751
33. Gerard Joan Vreeland1751 - 1752
34. Jacob de Jong1752 - 1752
35. Joan Gideon Loten1752 - 1757
36. Jan Schreuder1757 - 1762
37. Lubbert Jan baron van Eck1762 - 1765
38. Anthony Mooyart1765 - 1765
39. Iman Willem Falck1765 - 1785
40. Willem Jacob van de Graaf1785 - 1794
41. Johan van Angelbeek1794 - 1796
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