As the possible predecessors of the Polynesians, large seagoing canoes called "bangka" ("vaka" in several Polynesian dialects and "waka" in Maori) were first developed by Austronesians in the Philippine archipelago which were then used to settle and establish long-distance trade networks with distant Pacific islands from the Micronesian island nations of Guam and Palau as far away as Hawaii and Easter Island and probably reached the Pacific coastline of the Americas.
Proof of these trade exchanges are the prevalence of "kumara" or sweet potato in the Pacific Islands which is endemic to South America, and the abundance of chicken bones in ancient South American archaeological dig sites whose closest genetic relatives are those of chickens from Asia.
A kingdom called Luyag na Caboloan, which expanded to incorporate much of northwestern Luzon, existed in Pangasinan before the Spanish conquest that began in the 16th century.
The Kingdom of Luyag na Kaboloan was known as the Wangdom of Pangasinan in Chinese records.
Its major products include bagoong ("salted-krill") and alamang ("shrimp-paste").
Pangasinan was first founded by Austronesian peoples who called themselves Anakbanwa by at least 2500 BC.
In Pangasinan, there were several ethnic groups who enriched the cultural fabric of the province.Pangasinan is the name for the province, the people, and the language spoken in the province.Indigenous Pangasinan speakers are estimated to number at least 2 million.Popular tourist attractions in Pangasinan include the Hundred Islands National Park in Alaminos City and the white-sand beaches of Bolinao and Dasol.Dagupan City is known for its Bangus Festival ("Milkfish Festival").