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Here under Madagascar, you will find travel information classified by city or region of Madagascar, as well as general information.
Madagascar, is an island in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is the world's 4th largest island. Its population is 18 million; its land area is 227,000 square miles (about the size of France). The languages spoken are Malagasy and French.
French control over Madagascar was established 1895. Madagascar became independent in 1960.
Madagascar's has been isolated from the neighboring continents for millions of years and this has created a unique mix of endemic plants and animals; some ecologists call Madagascar the eighth continent.
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The east of the island is covered by tropical rainforests. The east and south have tropical dry forests, thorn forests, and deserts and xeric shrublands.
While Madagascar is an island off the coast of Africa, it was first occupied by people from Indonesia. Only later did immigrants from Africa mix into the population of Madagascar. Consequently, Madagascar is a kind of oddity when compared to other nations of Africa.