==Kaagi ngan Kasaysayan==
The island´s early settlers were the Orang Dampuans, who were the ancestors of the Yakan. The legendary Sultan Kudrat maintained a stronghold in [[Lamitan]] town until the [[Spain|Spaniards]] crushed it in 1637. [[Jesuit]] missionaries arrived a few years later.
The [[ Netherlands|Dutch]] attacked Basilan in 1747 but were repulsed by the natives. The [[ France| French]] attempted to occupy the province in 1844, but they, too, failed. Soon thereafter, the [[ Spain| Spaniards]] built a stone fort named after [[ Queen Isabela II]].
When the town of [[ Zamboanga City|Zamboanga]] became a chartered city in 1936, it included Basilan. But on July 1, 1948, Basilan itself became a separate city. The city was converted into a province on December 27, 1973.
==Mga Sumpay ha Gawas==