The Democratic Republic of Madagascar
  • John Paxton
Part of the The Statesman’s Yearbook book series (SYBK)


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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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1981

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  • John Paxton

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