Yong-le: Year 15, Month 8, Day 8
18 Sep 1417
Ba-du-ge Ba-da-la was enfeoffed as the Eastern king of the country of Sulu; Ma-ha-la-zha Ge-la-ma-ding was enfeoffed as the Western king of the country of Sulu; and Ba-du-ge Pa-la-bu was enfeoffed as the ruler of the Sulu dong. Title patents, suits of clothing, a set of formal clothing, seals, horses with saddles and ceremonial insignia were conferred upon them. Headwear, belts and clothing made from patterned fine silks interwoven with gold thread, as appropriate, were conferred upon the accompanying chieftains, who totalled over 340 persons.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 2023