HISTOR. 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 Mogadisho, on the east coast of Africa. Mispronouncing and mis-spelling the name, he coined the word Madagascar.
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- STATISTICAL INFORMATION. The Service de Statisque Générale in Tananarive published the Bulletin mensuel de Madagasca.(from Oct. 1955); continuation of the trimestrial Bulletin de statisque général.(1949–54), the trimestrial Revue de Madagasca. the Madagascar à travers ses province.(latest issue, 1953), the Annuaire Statistique de Madagasca.(vol. 1, 1938–51, published 1953, the Situation Economique au Janvier 1968, and the Statistiques du Commerce Exterieur de Madagascar.Google Scholar
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