ORIGIN OF THE PHILIPPINESThehistory of the Philippinesis believed to have begun with the arrival of thefirst humans using rafts or primitive boats (balangayboat) at least 67,000 years ago asthe 2007 discovery ofCallao Mansuggested.Negritotribes first inhabited the isles.Groups ofAustronesianslater migrated to the islands.Eventually various groups developed, separated into hunter-gatherer tribes,warrior societies, pettyplutocraciesand maritime-oriented harbor principalities whicheventually grew into kingdoms,rajahnates, kedatuans, huangdoms and sultanates.These small nations were either greatly influenced by Hindu religions, literature andphilosophy from India, Islam fromArabiaor were Sinified tributary states allied toChina.The nations included theIndianizedRajahnates ofButuanandCebu, the dynastyofTondo, the august kingdoms ofMaysapanandMaynila, theKedatuan of Madja-as,thesinified Huangdom of Ma-i, theHuangdom of Pangasinanas well as the MuslimSultanates ofSulu, Lanao andMaguindanao. These small maritime states flourishedfrom the 1st millennium. These kingdoms traded with what are nowcalledChina,India,Japan,Thailand,Vietnam, andIndonesia. The remainder of the
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