Recent discoveries at two caves known as Gua Musang nd Gua Cha in Kelantan show that there were human settlements dating back to prehistoric times. Historical records show that Kelantan was influenced by the Funan Kingdom on the Mekong River. Chinese records indicate contact with Kelantan which was referred to as Ho-Lo-Tan and which appeared to be an influential kingdom in the region.
Kelantan was also a vassal of the Srivijaya empire and later the Siamese. In the 15th century, the Malacca sultanate held sway over Kelantan and eventually the Johor sultanate and the Terengganu sultanate took over. In the 18th century the provinces came under a powerful warlord known a Long Yunus, whose descendents make up the present royal family.
In 1900 Kelantan became a tributary state of the Siamese. With the signing of the Anglo-Siamese Treaty in 1909, control was passed over to the British.
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