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Finding cinnamon unprofitable, the British turned to coffee.
The death of the coffee industry marked the end of an era when most of the plantations on the island were dedicated to producing coffee beans.
Sri Lanka is the world's fourth-largest producer of tea.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle remarked on the establishment of the tea plantations, "…the tea fields of Ceylon are as true a monument to courage as is the lion at Waterloo".
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During the administration of Dutch governor Iman Willem Falck, cinnamon plantations were established in Colombo, Maradana, and Cinnamon Gardens in 1767.
The first British governor Frederick North prohibited private cinnamon plantations, thereby securing a monopoly on cinnamon plantations for the East India Company.
That same year the tea netted a record price of £36.15 per lb at the London Tea Auctions.