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


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.

République Malgache


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Books of Reference

  1. Bulletin de l’ Académie Malgache (from 1902)Google Scholar
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  3. Saron, G., Madagascar et les Comores. Paris, 1953Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1971

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