History UsefulNotes / Madagascar

24th Aug '15 9:41:03 AM Soufriere
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It seems the people chose to forget they were once a French Colony, as now only a few people and some parts of the government still speak French. Most of the population speaks Malagasy, the local language. Theoretically, if you speak French, you can still manage to get around.

WorldWarII scholars might know of the Madagascar Plan. During the first years of the war, the Nazi government suggested that all the Jews in Europe could be deported to Madagascar, where they could presumably form their own Zionist society isolated from the rest of the world (with supervision of Germany, of course). Eventually it was all dropped, [[SarcasmMode maybe because it sounded too cruel]].

[[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[VideoGame/{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or]]--[[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]

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Unfortunately, Madagascar is also known for having what amounts to an environmental holocaust. Despite its status as a biodiversity hotspot, with much of its flora and fauna found nowhere else on the planet, deforestation is rampant. This has caused widespread erosion as the island's reddish soil washes into the sea during rainstorms, making it look in satellite photos like the island is bleeding. It has also led to the extinction or endangering of many of its unique plants and animals.

It seems the people chose to forget they were once a French Colony, as now only a few people and some parts of the government still speak French. Most of the population speaks Malagasy, the local language. Theoretically, if you speak French, you can still manage to get around.

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around. There was a brief attempt in the 2000's to introduce English to the country, but was dropped by the military government.

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scholars might know of the Madagascar Plan. During the first years of the war, the Nazi government suggested that all the Jews in Europe could be deported to Madagascar, where they could presumably form their own Zionist society isolated from the rest of the world (with supervision of Germany, of course). Eventually it was all dropped, [[SarcasmMode maybe because it sounded too cruel]].

[[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[VideoGame/{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or]]--[[MemeticMutation or]]—[[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]
14th May '15 12:49:24 PM MarkLungo
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The island has had all kinds of governments: a bunch of tribes, a kingdom, part of TheFrenchColonialEmpire and it was also administrated by the [[LesCollaborateurs Vichy regime]]. Then it was taken by the Allies in the Battle of Madagascar.

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The island has had all kinds of governments: a bunch of tribes, a kingdom, part of TheFrenchColonialEmpire UsefulNotes/TheFrenchColonialEmpire and it was also administrated by the [[LesCollaborateurs Vichy regime]]. Then it was taken by the Allies in the Battle of Madagascar.
7th Apr '14 11:20:05 AM karstovich2
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The country is also unique culturally in Africa. Unlike the rest of the continent, Madagascar was settled by the Malagasy people, speakers of an Austronesian language, specifically part of the Malayo-Polynesian group who had come across the Indian Ocean in ships, much as their Polynesian relatives crossed the Pacific. The closest relatives to the Malagasy language are on Borneo (of all places). In any case, the Malagasy brought with them crops and livestock (e.g. bananas, taro, and pigs) from Southeast Asia, which is climatically quite similar to Madagascar and East Africa; it is hypothesized that contact with the Malagasy and their crops helped the Bantu colonize eastern and southern Africa.

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The country is also unique culturally in Africa. Unlike the rest of the continent, Madagascar was settled by the Malagasy people, speakers of an Austronesian language, specifically part of the Malayo-Polynesian group who had come across the Indian Ocean in ships, much as their Polynesian relatives crossed the Pacific. The closest relatives to the Malagasy language are on Borneo (of all places). In any case, the Malagasy brought with them crops and livestock (e.g. bananas, taro, and pigs) from Southeast Asia, which is climatically quite similar to Madagascar and East Africa; it is hypothesized that contact with the Malagasy and their crops helped the Bantu colonize eastern and southern Africa.
Africa (they had been having trouble before then, as their West African crops weren't always well-suited to the East African climate, and their cattle--their only large animal--kept succumbing to sleeping sickness).
18th Feb '14 7:43:50 AM laconic1
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Economically, Madagascar has gone from bad to worse, and most of the country barely lives with less than US$2 per day. Most of the money is made of the tourism industry; considering the island is like a completely different world, it's understandable.

Even though the country was a French colony, it seems the people forced themselves to forget all about it, because only a few people speaks French nowadays, except for some of the government. Most of the population speaks Malagasy, the local language. Theorically you can still manage with it, though.

WorldWarII scholars might know the island for the Madagascar Plan. During the first years of the war, the Nazi government suggested that all the Jews in Europe could be deported to Madagascar, where they could presumably form their own Zionist society isolated from the rest of the world (with supervision of Germany, of course). Eventually it was all dropped, [[SarcasmMode maybe because it sounded too cruel]].

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Economically, Madagascar has gone from bad to worse, and most of the country barely lives with on less than US$2 per day. Most of the money is made of off the tourism industry; considering the island is like a completely different world, it's understandable.

Even though the country was a French colony, it It seems the people forced themselves chose to forget all about it, because they were once a French Colony, as now only a few people speaks French nowadays, except for and some parts of the government.government still speak French. Most of the population speaks Malagasy, the local language. Theorically Theoretically, if you speak French, you can still manage with it, though.

to get around.

WorldWarII scholars might know the island for of the Madagascar Plan. During the first years of the war, the Nazi government suggested that all the Jews in Europe could be deported to Madagascar, where they could presumably form their own Zionist society isolated from the rest of the world (with supervision of Germany, of course). Eventually it was all dropped, [[SarcasmMode maybe because it sounded too cruel]].
14th Oct '13 11:36:14 AM nombretomado
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->-- '''''{{Madagascar}}'''''

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->-- '''''{{Madagascar}}'''''
'''''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'''''
27th Aug '13 11:51:48 AM Viira
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[[ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or]]--[[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]

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[[ThePenguinsOfMadagascar [[WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[{{Pandemic}} [[VideoGame/{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or]]--[[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]
11th Aug '13 3:48:47 PM Quanyails
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[[ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or-]][[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]

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[[ThePenguinsOfMadagascar And no, there are no penguins on Madagascar]]. [[{{Pandemic}} Brazilian tourists are also recommended not to cough or-]][[MemeticMutation or]]--[[MemeticMutation SHUT. DOWN. EVERYTHING.]]
16th Jan '13 7:12:24 AM zero5889
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->The white vertical band and the red upper half symbolizes the Merina Kingdom, the island's last political entity prior to colonization, as well as its roots in Southeast Asia (its colors are similar to that of UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}); the green lower half symbolizes the Hova, the islands' caste of free commoners who were instrumental in the overthrow of French rule.

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->The white vertical band and the red upper half symbolizes drive from the colors of the Merina Kingdom, the island's last political entity prior to colonization, as well as and also symbolize its roots in Southeast Asia (its (due to their visual similarity to the colors are similar to that of UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}); UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}), and the green lower half symbolizes the Hova, the islands' caste of free commoners who were instrumental in the overthrow of French rule.
15th Jan '13 9:47:07 PM zero5889
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->The white vertical band and the red upper half symbolizes the Merina Kingdom, the island's last political entity prior to colonization, as well as its roots in Southeast Asia (its colors are similar to that of UsefulNotes/{{Indonesia}}); the green lower half symbolizes the Hova, the islands' caste of free commoners who were instrumental in the overthrow of French rule.
22nd May '12 12:55:49 PM karstovich2
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A big island east of Mozambique, Madagascar is a unique country. Once upon a time, a long ago, the Indian subcontinent was firmly attached to Africa. They of course split, and most of the subcontinent drifted off to bang into Asia...but some bits and pieces of the old united continent remained, and Madagascar is the largest. Since this happened at about the same time as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous-Paleogene_extinction_event Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event]] (you know, the one that killed off the dinosaurs and something like 75% of all species then living), this meant that when life got back on its feet, the island developed its own biodiversity, completely different of the rest of the world.

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A big island east of Mozambique, Madagascar is a unique country. Once upon a time, a long ago, the Indian subcontinent was firmly attached to Africa. They of course split, and most of the subcontinent drifted off to bang into Asia...but some bits and pieces of the old united continent remained, and Madagascar is the largest. Since this happened at about the same time as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous-Paleogene_extinction_event org/wiki/Cretaceous–Paleogene_extinction_event Cretaceous-Paleogene extinction event]] (you know, the one that killed off the dinosaurs and something like 75% of all species then living), this meant that when life got back on its feet, the island developed its own biodiversity, completely different of the rest of the world.



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