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ii2 Route 9. MINDANAO e SULU Sulu Province.
archipelago of the same name, which stretches from Basilan, the island just south of Zamboanga, to the coast of Borneo. The total land area under the control of the Department is approximately 36,540 sq. m., or about one-third of the total land area of all the Philippine Archipelago. This is more than the combined areas of all the islands of the Philippines not included in the Department, excluding only the island of Luzon. Or, to give a comparison with States of the American Union, this area is a thousand square miles greater than that of the six states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware combined. The population has never been accurately determined, but the latest estimates give a total of 626,086, or only 19 to the square mile.
The principal exports are hemp, lumber, copra, pearls and pearl shells, gum copal, and lumbang (candle) nuts. The Department possesses the richest virgin forests in the Islands and unlimited land especially adapted to the cultivation of hemp, coconuts, rubber, and rice, as well as vast stretches of grazing land. The seas abound in food fish, pearl shells, pearls, sponges, and other forms of marine wealth.
Main Gate op the Town of Jolo, Sulu.
Trips to the other provinces will be interesting and may l e made on boats which stop several hours, or even a day, at the principal ports, for the purpose of receiving and discharging cargo. But, as accommodation is usually lacking, except such as may depend on the courtesy of officials or others, a stop-over at points outside of Zamboanga is not recommended, unless one has friends at such places.
The two provinces of Surigao and Misamis are only partially inhabited by Christian Filipinos, who have immigrated from the Visayas. These regions are difficult of access, and, besides, do not offer many attractions to the ordinary tourist.
Sulu Province. Tile Zamboanga-Singapore boats, as well as many interisland boats, stop at Jolo, the capital. The latter is a