Matale Rebellion By: Conrad Tauer/b1

The Matalle Rebellion was a peasant revolt in 1848, and technically considered a rebellion because there were changes politically, economically, and socially by destroying feudalism.

The leaders of the rebellion were low-class people who included Gongalagod Banda, and Puran Appu.

Political Changes- The Matale Rebellion marked a transition out of Britain's feudalism into modern independence struggles. The feudalists were crushed and the people of Matale gained more independence, although they weren't governed properly.

Economic Changes- Coffee became a great crop for money because the climate was perfect. However, the peasants land were taken and they weren't allowed to work on the land. After the feudalism was abolished, the land used economically for crops was given back to the peasants.

Social Changes- The leadership passed in the Kandyan provinces for the first time to ordinary people. Then there were leaders who where yeomen artisans who resembled levellers from England's revolution. The old feudalists were destroyed and powerless.

Analysis Support Examples for three categories- The main reason for this rebellion is that the peasants were angered for having to pay license fees, and taxes on guns, dogs, and roads. No British lives were lost, and the rebels had a lot of deaths. Politically, after the rebellion it was still a process of getting rid of feudalism, but this still gave a lot of power to the peasants of Ceylon. Economically, the people prospered off the cash crops their land had to offer. Socially, no new classes were truly defined, but more power was given to the ordinary people. This helped retain the education and traditions of the province in the past.

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Matale Rebellion

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