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    Flora and Fauna of Madagascar

    Flora of Madagascar The flora of Madagascar includes more than 12,000 species of vascular and non-vascular plants. The fungus is still rare. The island of Madagascar is considered a biodiversity hotspot, this exceptional originality is due in particular to the fact that Madagascar has been an isolated island for about 70 million years, separating from Africa about 165 million years ago, and after India nearly 100 million years later. About 83% of Madagascar’s vascular plants are endemic to the archipelago. Among these endemics, 85% of the 900 Malagasy orchid species are indeed unique to Madagascar; some 200 species of palm…

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  • Malagasy history

    Brief history of Madagascar summarized Until about 2,000 years ago, Madagascar was uninhabited. Then the Indonesians came. Around the year 800 AD the Arabs began to sail towards Madagascar. The first European to arrive in Madagascar was a Portuguese named Diogo Dias in 1500. However, Europeans initially showed little interest in the island, although pirates used it as a base in the 17th century. In the early 19th century, a kingdom called Merina took over most of the island. Its king, Radama I, established relations with the British and allowed Christian missionaries to preach to the people. Queen Ranavalona (1828-1861)…

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  • Traditions and customs of Madagascar

    What traditions and customs are there in Madagascar? We fully immerse ourselves in the customs and traditions of Madagascar. Gastronomy Food in daily life Rice is the staple of the Malagasy diet. It is usually accompanied by some form of kabaka (a protein dish such as fish, meat, chicken, or beans). In some parts of the island, a side dish (“romazava”) made of green leafy vegetables in broth is common. Side dishes generally serve to add flavor to the rice rather than provide nutrients. Most Malagasy main dishes are prepared in one of four ways: fried, grilled, boiled in water,…

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