He mentioned that in a place called Masbat there were plenty of gold mines.Other later documents such as Artieda‟s Relacion (1573) and Andres de Mirandaola‟s letter (1574) refer to a place called Masbat or Masbad.The largest variations were in the height at which the eastward crossing was made and in the course laid off the coast of the Californias.
From the chronicles of the early years of Spanish colonization, a relacion (report) about Masbate first appeared in Fray Martin de Rada‟s letter dated July 1569 to the Viceroy of New Spain (Mexico), Marquis de Falces.
) is an island province in the Philippines located near the middle of the nation's archipelago. The province consists of three major islands: Masbate, Ticao and Burias.
Masbate is at the crossroads of two island groups: Visayas and Luzon. However, from a bio-geographic and sociolinguistic perspective, Masbate has a stronger affiliation/connection with Visayas.
It was these crucial changes, the introduction of new technologies, new social forms, and a new economic base, which culminated in the foundation of the proto-urban settlements of the 1st millennium AD.
A fine stone chisel from Mount Batungan is dated to the twelfth century BC.