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During the reign of the fifth sultan of Bolkiah between 14, the Sultanate's thalassocracy extended over northern Borneo and the Sulu Archipelago, as far as Kota Seludong (present-day Manila) with its influence extending as far of Banjarmasin, But plagued by internal strife, civil war, piracy and the arrival of western powers, the Bruneian Empire began to shrink.
The first Europeans to visit Brunei were the Portuguese, who described the capital of Brunei at the time as surrounded by a stone wall.
Kinabatangan River, second longest river in Malaysia runs through Sabah and Mount Kinabalu is the highest point of Sabah as well as of Malaysia.
The earliest human settlement in Sabah can be traced back to 20,000–30,000 years ago along the Darvel Bay area at the Madai-Baturong caves.
As China had been under the conquest of Mongol Empire, all Chinese vassal state subsequently controlled by the Mongol emperors of China.
Early in 1292, Kublai Khan is said to have sending an expedition to northern Borneo, In addition with the discovery of Chinese ceramics from a shipwreck in Tanjung Simpang Mengayau which estimated to be from 960–1127 A. of Song dynasty and Vietnamese Đông Sơn drum in Bukit Timbang Dayang on Banggi Island that had existed between 2,000–2,500 years ago.
The Federal Territory of Labuan is an island just off the Sabah coast.Sabah has an equatorial climate with tropical rainforests and abundant animal and plant species.The state has long mountain ranges on the west side which form part of the Crocker Range National Park.The state was subsequently acquired by the British-based North Borneo Chartered Company in the 19th century.During World War II, Sabah was occupied by the Japanese for three years. On 31 August 1963, Sabah was granted self-government by the British.