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Before the Spaniards came, Taguig as a part of Tondo. The people believed that there were Chinese settlements that were once present in the area, revealed by the archeological diggings. They found a variety of artifacts like glasses, cups, plates and other different kinds of utensils. These things bear Chinese characters. And they said that these vintage design originated from China's Ming Dynasty.
Taguig City was one of the earliest known territories to have been Christianized. Meanwhile, between the years 1582 and 1583, Taguig was one of the encamienda of Tondo headed by an Alcalde Mayor, Captain Vergara.
It was in 1587 when Taguig was established as a separate "pueblo"(Native American people. The word pueblo is used for the villages occupied by the pueblo district.) or much known as town of the province of Manila. Captain Juan Basi was its Kapitan from 1587 to 1588.
Taguig had nine barrios namely: Bagumbayan, Bambang, Hagonoy, Palingon, Sta. Ana, Tipas, Tuktukan, Ususan and Wawa.
During the American Colonial Period, the US government acquired a 25.78 km² property of Taguig for their military purposes. The large piece of land was turned into a camp and was then known as The Fort McKinley. It was named after the 25th president of the United States, President William McKinley. In 1942, Fort McKinley was taken over by the Japanese Imperial Army. And they occupied the land until the end of the war in 1945.



by Louise Caroline Catacutan