The Republika Ng Pilipinas/Republic of the Philippines consists of 7,107 islands stretched across 1,840 kilometers. The history of the settlement and premodern colonization of the islands is a factor in ongoing international trade and security. Internal security issues and insurgency movements are related to more than 600 years of colonization and the modern nation’s determination to move forward as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The Philippines in World History

The Philippine Islands have been a nexus of global trade and intercultural communication since they were first populated in the Neolithic period. The first nations of the islands are the Aeta who arrived more than 10,000 years ago and settled on many islands, including Luzon, Panay, Negros, Minden, Palawan, and Mindanao. Some scholars suggest ...

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