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was a Prehispanic Philippine state whose existence was recorded in the Chinese Imperial annals Zhu Fan Zhi
and History of Song
The History of Song or Song Shi is one of the official Chinese historical works known as the Twenty-Four Histories of China that records the history of the Song Dynasty...
. It is also recorded in the Sultanate of Brunei's royal records as the nation of Maidh
. This state was said to have been centered on the island of Mindoro
Mindoro is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines. It is located off the coast of Luzon, and northeast of Palawan. The southern coast of Mindoro forms the northeastern extremum of the Sulu Sea.-History:...
Mai according to Chinese records
In 1225, China's Zhao Rugua
Zhao Rugua was a customs inspector at the city of Quanzhou during the late Song dynasty who wrote a two-volume book called Zhufan Zhi around 1225 CE...
, a superintendent of maritime trade in Fukien
' , formerly romanised as Fukien or Huguing or Foukien, is a province on the southeast coast of mainland China. Fujian is bordered by Zhejiang to the north, Jiangxi to the west, and Guangdong to the south. Taiwan lies to the east, across the Taiwan Strait...
province wrote the book entitled Zhu Fan Zhi
in which he described trade with a country called Mai which was a prehispanic Philippine state. In it he said: