15 Facts About Sulu


Sulu is a province of the Philippines in the Sulu Archipelago and part of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Sulu is along the southern border of the Sulu Sea and the northern boundary of the Celebes Sea.

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Sulu brought Sulu, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan, and Basilan under its aegis.

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The Sultanate of Sulu formally recognised Spanish sovereignty in Tawi-Tawi and Sulu in middle of 19th century, but these areas remained partially ruled by the Spanish as their sovereignty was limited to military stations, garrisons, and pockets of civilian settlements, until they had to abandon the region as a consequence of their defeat in the Spanish–American War.

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Sulu had an appointed American governor until 1935, and the Governor General in Manila had a say in Sulu affairs.

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Sulu surrendered in 1949 but started another uprising in 1952.

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Sulu then surrendered on 31 July 1952 to Secretary of Defense Ramon Magsaysay.

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Sulu surrendered again on 9 November 1952 but would start another uprising in early 1953.

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News about the Jabidah Massacre led to the rise of numerous separatist movements in Mindanao, including Sulu, eventually leading to groups engaging in armed conflict with the Philippine government.

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In 1989, the province of Sulu became part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao or ARMM.

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The founder and leader of the MNLF, Nur Misuari, who was a native of Sulu and adhered to the Sultanate of Sulu, became the governor of the entire ARMM from 1996 to 2001.

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Sulu is a part of the Sulu Archipelago, which stretches from the tip of the Zamboanga Peninsula on the north to the island of Borneo in the south.

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Sulu is bordered by two seas; the Sulu Sea to the north, and the Celebes Sea to its south.

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Sulu is predominantly agricultural with farming and fishing as its main livelihood activities.

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Fishing is the most important industry since the Sulu Sea is one of the richest fishing grounds in the country.

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