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Pre-Spanish Period History
Mait was how the local people called their island. In the 13th century, Chinese merchants coming back to Fujian spoke of this land of Mait, which came into the annals of a Chinese functionary Chao Jukua. This started the ancient trade between the Chinese and the people of Mindoro or Mait.
Due to its favorable geographic location, it served as an important trading center of Chinese goods. As early as 872 A.D., Mindoro traded with Canton because of their proximity to each other. A Chinese chronicle of 1225 A.D. gave the first documented evidence concerning the island of Mindoro. Following the existing sea routes during the ancient time, the ships sailed to Mindoro's north and west coasts, which were then the densely populated urban centers. They came for local products like beeswax, pearl, sandalwood and tortoise shells while the Chinese traders bartered their porcelain, silk and tea.