Sultan Kudarat was a Sultan of Maguindanao in the Philippines. During his reign, he successfully repelled the Spaniards wanting to conquer his villages.
Sultan Kudarat was a direct descendant of Shariff Kabungsuan, a Muslim missionary who brought Islam to the Philippines between the 13th and 14th century.
After succeeding his father in 1619, he defeated several tribes and proclaimed his kingdom as the Datu (chieftain) of the Pulangui region. He also governed a settlement in what is now Cagayan de Oro, Caraga, and established Misamis and Bukidnon as his tributaries.
Kudarat made friendly relations with the Spaniards and the Dutch, however the Spaniards tried to conquer his tribes, but failed.
The Spanish Governor signed a treaty with Kudarat in June 1645 which allowed Spanish missionaries to establish Christianity in Mindanao, allowing a church to be built, and trade within the sultan’s territories.
Much of his research dealt with parasites that caused heart failure and their effects on the other parts of the human body. He also undertook research on the causes and prevention of malaria.
Africa discovered four human flukes that attach themselves to the heart, resulting in disease and eventually, death. This discovery was hailed as a significant contribution to medical science, as it greatly benefited heart patients.
Dr Africa died in the battle of the liberation of Manila.
#1242, 13 Jan 1975
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