HISTORY. Madagascar was discovered by the Portuguese, Diego Diaz, in 1500. On the return of Diaz to Portugal the King concluded that the island must be Madagascar, about which he had read in Marco Polo’s ‘Voyages’. Polo, however, had not been there, but believing his Arab informants, ascribed to an island what was really the kingdom of Mogadishu, on the east coast of Africa. Mispronouncing and mis-spelling the name, he coined the word Madagascar.
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