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Transcript of Madagascar
Madagascar is a large island nation located in the Indian Ocean east of Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world, it has a narrow coastal plain with a high plateau and mountains in its center. Madagascar's highest mountain is Maromokotro at 9,435 feet.
Madagascar's climate varies substancially. But most of the time Madagascar has two seasons: a hot, rainy season from November to April and then a cooler, dry season from May to October.
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Many important people, but none particularly famous in the U.S.
Exports: Coffee, Sugar, Shellfish, Vanilla, Cloves, Cotton
Imports: Petroleum, Consumer goods
The Madagascar education system is modeled upon the French high school system- the country which they gained independence from in 1960. Education is divided into primary education (6 - 11 yrs), and secondary education sub divided into junior (12 - 15yrs) and senior (16 - 18 yrs).
indigenous beliefs 52%, Christian 41%, Muslim 7%
Rova of Anatananarivo
Avenue of Baobabs
Ankarafantsika National Park
Ranomafana National Park
Currency: Malagasy ariary
Government: Caretaker government
Population: 22.29 million (2012) World Bank
President: Andry Rajoelina
Official languages: Malagasy language, French Language
*August 10, 1500 - Portuguese sea captain Diogo Dias becomes first European to land on Madagascar after he is blown off course on the way to India.
*First President: Philibert Tsiranana (served from 1959 to 1972)
*Date of Independence from France: June 26, 1960
Specialties of COuntry
Just like July 4th in America, June 26th is Madagascar's Independence day. One of their traditions is a presentation of ‘Hira Gasy,’ which is a musical presentation of Malagasy folklore. In this, singers wearing their best traditional attire and combine song and dance with traditional folk tales from Madagascar.
Lemon and mango pickles (achards) traditionally accompany meals.
Malagasy music is highly melodic is different from most mainland African music. They use chordophone (string instruments) relative to percussion instruments.
Since Madagascar is so diverse, they have many different forms of dance. Each is embedded in different social contexts such as weddings, exhumations, inaugurations, religious ceremonies and so forth.
Points of Interest
Monument to Malagasy soldiers who fought for France during World War I
Most traditional houses follow a rectangular rather than round form, and feature a steeply sloped, peaked roof supported by a central pillar
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