Yong-le: Year 15, Month 8, Day 1
11 Sep 1417
The Auxiliary Ministry of Rites advised: "Ba-du-ge Ba-da-la, the administrator (權) of the Eastern country of Sulu; Ma-ha-la-zha Ge-la-ma-ding, the administrator of the Western country of Sulu; and Ba-du-ge Ba-la-bu, the wife of the deceased administrator of the Sulu dong (峒) have led their family members and accompanying chieftains, a total of over 340 persons to come to Court to offer a memorial engraved in gold and to offer tribute." They also presented pearls, precious stones, tortoise-shell and other products. Rewards and hospitality were conferred upon them, at a level equal to those accorded to the king of the country of Melaka.
Zhong-yang Yan-jiu yuan Ming Shi-lu, volume 13, page 2021