The Democratic Republic of Madagascar
  • 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.


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Books of Reference

  1. statistical information. The Service de Statistique Générale in Tananarive published the Bulletin mensuel de Madagascar (from 1971); continuation of the trimestrial Bulletin de statistique générale (1949–71), the Revue de Madagascar, the Madagascar à travers ses provinces (latest issue, 1953), the Annuaire Statistique de Madagascar (vol. 1, 1938–51, published 1953, the Situation Economique au Janvier 1968, Population de Madagascar au 1erJan. 1971, and the Statistiques du Commerce Extérieur de Madagascar).Google Scholar
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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 1977

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