People Here Are Called: Samare%uFFFDos Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots: Capul island Catarman Beach Mondragon Beach Major Crops: Rice, abaca, coconut Major Industries: Farming, fishing Brief History: Spanish missionaries began to arrive in the town of Palapag in 1614. Around this time, a port in Palapag was built for the Spanish galleons plying from Manila to Acapulco often took refuge from unfavorable weather. Shipbuilders were drafted from this town to Cavite for the construction of galleons and vessels. These recruits started the insurrection against the Spaniards which ignited uprisings in Visayas and Mindanao. It took about a year before Spanish authorities were able to quell the rebellion. Later, when the Americans armed with cannons and rifles landed on the beach of Catarman in 1898, a revolutionary army led by Gen Vicente Lukban fought the invaders bravely with bolo and paltik. Despite initial defeat, the revolutionaries pursued the Americans thru guerilla warfare. During World War II, the people of Northern Samar contirbuted to organize and support a contingent to form part of the Philippine National Guard in Manila. The province also helped the government by purchasing considerable amount of bonds floated to finance the National Commission for Independence organized by Pres. Manuel L. Quezon. In 1965, Samar was divided into Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and (Western) Samar thru RA 4221.