These are the timeline of the history of the province of South Cotabato. Learn about the first pioneers and settlers in the province.
Area sparsely inhabited by Muslims, B’laans, Manobo, Tagabilis, and other ethnic groups of Malayan stock. Malayan pioneers led a peaceful, isolated existence.
Arrival of Sariph Kabungsuan of Arabia in Cotabato. Introduction of Mohammedan religion and conversion of Malayan settlers. Establishment of Sultanate of Mindanao and the system of "Datuism".
Southern part of Cotabato relatively unaffected by Muslim conversion and Spanish colonization. Spanish established a fort in Cotabato City but failed to expand due to resistance.
American colonial rule starts; introduction of the policy of attraction. 1914-1937: Period of preparation and initial progress under American rule. Immigration from Luzon and the Visayas begins, particularly noticeable from 1914.