“In the beginning there was no Philippines but there was Butuan”. The Balanghai (Butuan boats) which were found along the east and west banks of Libertad river reveal much about Butuan’s history.

The Balanghai (Butuan boats) which were found along the east and west banks of Libertad river reveal much about Butuan’s history.

The Balanghai (Butuan boats) which were found along the east and west banks of Libertad river reveal much about Butuan’s history.

As early as 1001, Butuan was already in contact with China. The Chinese Song Shih (Song History) has recorded the first appearance of the Butuan Tributary mission at Chinese Imperial Court on 17 March 1001 AD and described Butuan (P’u-tuan) as a small country in the sea that had a regular connection with Champa ( a kingdom in Central Vietnam) and intermittent contact with China.

The numerous jars/artifacts [Chinese (tenth to fifteenth centuries AD), Khmer/Cambodian (ninth to tenth centuries AD), Thai (fourteenth to fifteenth centuries AD) Pre-Thai Satingpra (900-1100 AD) and Haripunjaya (800-900 AD), pre-trade Vietnamese (eleventh to thirteenth centuries AD) and Persian (ninth to tenth centuries AD)] dug within the vicinities of Ambangan, Archeological Site, in Libertad well attest to the historical account that Butuan traded with the Chinese and Southeast Asia countries in the past.

The name Butuan already existed long before the Spanish conquistadores arrived in the Philippine archipelago.

Evidence of this is the discovery of a rhinocerous ivory seal with design carved in ancient Javanese or early kawi script (used around the 10th century AD ) which, according to a Dutch scholar, was deciphered as But-wan. It is said that this artifact was then used to signify the origin of goods during the ancient times.

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