8 Cool Facts About Madagascar

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3. Madagascar was settled by Asians before mainland Africans

The first humans to settle in Madagascar came from the island of Borneo, which is now divided between the countries of Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. They arrived between 350 BCE and 550 CE in canoes, and weren’t joined by mainland Africans until almost 500 years later. Over time, other African, Asian and European settler groups arrived, each bringing their own unique contributions to the culture of the island.

Madagascar Map

4. Before French colonial rule, Madagascar was ruled by a woman

Queen Ranavalona III, the last sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar, ruled from 1883 to 1897 before being deposed by French colonial forces. She was named after a previous powerful queen, Queen Ranavalona I, who ruled from 1828 to 1861 and attempted to protect the sovereignty of her country against European influence.

Madagascar Ruled by Woman
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