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Basilan(bäsē`län), island, 494 sq mi (1,279 sq km), northernmost and largest of the Sulu ArchipelagoSulu Archipelago
, island group, 1,086 sq mi (2,813 sq km), the Philippines, SW of Mindanao. Lying between the Celebes and Sulu seas, it includes over 900 volcanic islands and coral islets extending almost to Borneo. Basilan is the largest island, Jolo the most important.
..... Click the link for more information. , the Philippines. It is closely associated with the city of ZamboangaZamboanga
, city (1990 pop. 442,345), Zamboanga del Sur prov., SW Mindanao, the Philippines, at the tip of the Zamboanga peninsula, on Basilan Strait. One of the chief cities of Mindanao and a busy seaport, it is the hub of a major iron-producing and lumbering area, which has
..... Click the link for more information. on Mindanao island, just across the 10-mi (16-km) wide Basilan Strait. Major sources of income are sea products, coconut, timber, and rubber. The Univ. of the Philippines maintains a vast rubber plantation there. With neighboring islets, Basilan forms the Basilan island group. The inhabitants are chiefly Muslim, and the island has been the scene of fighting between government troops and Muslim rebels.
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1. a group of islands in the Philippines, SW of Mindanao
2. the main island of this group, separated from Mindanao by the Basilan Strait. Area: 1282 sq. km (495 sq. miles)
3. a city on Basilan Island. Pop.: 381 000 (2005 est.)
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