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Since the 5th century, merchant ships travelling between Southeast Asia and Guangzhou used the region as a port for refuge, fresh water, and food.The first recorded inhabitants of the area are some 50,000 people seeking refuge in Macau from invading Mongols in 1277, during the Southern Song dynasty.However, Macau did not develop as a major settlement until the Portuguese arrived in the 16th century.During the age of discovery Portuguese sailors explored the coasts of Africa and Asia.

During the Qin Dynasty (221–206 BC), the region came under the jurisdiction of Panyu County, Nanhai Prefecture of the province of Guangdong.

They later built some rudimentary stone-houses around the area now called Nam Van.