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an island in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. 495 sq. mi. (1282 sq. km).
Formerly Isabela. a city on this island.
Historical Examples

Basilan dropped astern as they negotiated the countless islands of the Pilas Group.
The Pirates of Shan Harold Leland Goodwin

His cousin, Adasaolan, who had accompanied him, had taken up his abode in Basilan.
The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala

Another name for the Moros who inhabit the islands lying between Basilan and Sulu.
Philippine Progress Prior to 1898 Various

The island of Basilan forms a sixth district under the commandant-general of Mindanao.
The Inhabitants of the Philippines Frederic H. Sawyer

It is a nation common to these islands of Mindanao, Jolo, and Basilan.
The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 – Volume 40 of 55 Francisco Colin

He came to Pangutaran first, the narrative continues, then to Zamboanga and Basilan.
The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby

His power was further well respected throughout all the Basilan Group of islands.
The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby

There is nothing to differentiate the island of Basilan from the many others in the Sulu group.
The Adventures of Piang the Moro Jungle Boy Florence Partello Stuart

The year 1861 marks a new era in the history of piracy and a new step in the organization of government for Mindanao and Basilan.
The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby

When I am small boy—twelve years old—my family live east coast Basilan.
Terry Charles Goff Thomson

a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq km (495 sq miles)
a city on Basilan Island. Pop: 381 000 (2005 est)


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