MAIBUN, OLDEST SETTLEMENT ON ISLAND OF SULU. SULTANS HAVE ALWAYS HAD A PALACE HERE.
This land in Borneo remained subject to Sulu rule through many reigns, until 1865, when a British.company offered the Sultan and his heirs $5,000 (Mexican currency) annually for
30,000 square miles, including 600 miles of coast line. This offer was too tempting to be refused, and the British flag now flies over North Borneo. So you see the Sultan of Brunei, whose entire territory became in time British owned or protected, paid quite a penalty for bride-stealing.
a Therea s Maibun,a said the captain, a that bunch of shacks over to the right.a I had expected more than this, for the place is the oldest settlement on the island and has long been the home of Sultans. We approached at low tide and the odor from the mud was almost unbearable. Most of the town is built on piles over the water, a popular method in the Sulu country. About 1,000 inhabitants would be a generous estimate. A motley crowd assembled, as visitors are rare here, and word was sent to the Sultan, who lives on a hill half a mile from the town. Before we could call on him, he called on us.
Down the road he came, Jamalul Kiram II., not as I pic-