Libertines were slaves given freedom during Dutch occupation of Sri Lanka. The descendants of freed slaves retained the name libertines. Not all libertines were of African descent. The libertines eventually blended with tupasses, people of Portuguese and Sri Lankan ancestry. The term libertines eventually went out of use. Today, the tupasses are referred to as Portuguese Burghers.

Work Cited

Jayasuriya, Shihan de Silva and Angenot, Jean-Pierre. Uncovering the History of Africans in Asia. BRILL pp. 30,31 ISBN 9004162917, 9789004162914

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