Bengkulu region was part of the Buddhist Srivijaya kingdom. After the Srivijaya kingdom was defeated by the Majapahit kingdom of East Java in the 13th century, Bengkulu came under the influence of the Majapahit until the late 15th century. It is generally believed that before the introduction of Islam in the 12th century to the region, the people who lived within the region developed their own script known as the Rejang script or also known as the Ka-Ga-Nga script to write the five Rejang dialects. In the late 17th century the British controlled most of Bengkulu (Bencoolen, as they called it), and then the region gradually came under Dutch occupation in 1824. Under the leadership of Sukarno, Indonesia gained it’s independence from the Dutch on August 17, 1945.