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About 300 years ago, Davao Oriental was merely a part of Caraga province, forming part of the Encomienda de Bislig with the Encomienda de Seargao, Butuan, and Tandag. The province became historically important in 1846, when a distinguished Attorney-at-Law, Don Jose Uyanguren, upon the order of Gov. Narciso Claveria, organized settlements with considerable inhabitants south of Encomienda de Bislig. Today, these are the municipalities of Baganga, Gov. Generoso, and Mati.
The settlement continued to grow. Don Jose was able to crush Datu Bago, a Muslim chieftain who ruled Samal Island. In 1849, Gov. Claveria decreed the partition of Caraga province in two. The northern portion was named Surigao province, with Surigao town as the capital, and the southern part as Nueva Vergara with Caraga town as its capital.
In 1898, Davao became a district of the Moro province created as part of Mindanao by the Americans. In 1916, Jones Law converted the Moro province into department of Mindanao and Sulu.
In July 1, 1967, under Republic Act 4867, Davao was divided into three provinces. Davao Oriental was created as a separate and independent province along with Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte.
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