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Fihaonana, thus formerly were called markets. Meeting places, they have been and what meetings! Before the reunification of Imerina Andrianampoinimerina by the different princes and lords of the country spend their time warring among themselves, plundering, raiding, enslaving the vanquished. However, they conclude an agreement by which “neutral” meeting places are open to market their spoils of war, recover their property taken away by their “brothers (or cousins) enemies”, buy weapons and ammunition …
So they established a weekly calendar of events: Sunday at Ambohidratrimo for all; Monday at Alatsinainy-Ambazaha for Zanamihoatra, Anosizato and Antananarivo; Tuesday at Talata-Volonondry for Mandiavato and Tsimahafotsy; Wednesday at Alarobia-Amboanjobe specializing in the slave trade between Famailahy, Manisotra and Alasora; Thursday at Alakamisy-Antanamalaza for Vakiniadiana and Alasora; Friday at Anjoma-Analaroa for all North and South; Saturday at Asabotsy-Ambohimirimo, market day slaves.
There are also points of contact with foreigners where they acquire products Imerina the Vazaha not being allowed to enter: Ampamoizankova in the Northeast and Angavokely east …
Ampamoizankova where it separates from Hova (which disappear forever), the rest has been notorious. Formerly, White has been called “man-eaters” (vazaha homana olona) and the worst curses we could throw at someone, is to be
“Sold” to Ampamoizankova (mivarina Ampamoizankova eo), where we descend towards the coast. At the time of Andrianampoinimerina it evokes Toamasina, boarding point for slaves.
When the king finally reunite the territories of Imerina it completely organized in all fields, he decided to establish “tsena” (markets) instead of these meeting points and other places. He is afraid, in fact, that “evil spirit” that
prevailed in their creation, persists. However, before the reaction of the people who feel the need to maintain the schedule and tickets Fihaonana, not too disturbing their daily lives, the wise counselor eventually Hagamainty reason the sovereign. He is the only king, the squabbles between princelings are forever abolished, and people can indulge in peace with farm work and livestock. The King is not convinced so far and create lead markets in the Avaradrano.
In a public speech, he explains the role of these “business palace” whose installation is part of its economic policy: places of exchange between producers and consumers where the raiders and thieves do not have their place. Everyone must do everything to turn that bringing any product merchantable “if only that cooked cassava,” who are spending their money, especially large and wealthy kingdom that must be the engine. Moreover, controllers, “masochistic ivoho” King, there monitor the behavior of the latter.
September and markets are open in the Avaradrano: Alahady-Lanifasana for Andrianteloray (postponed to Monday in Ranavalona II, first Christian queen); Alatsinainy-Merimandroso for Tsimahafotsy; Talata-Volonondry for Mandiavato; Alarobia-Namehana (now under Sabotsy Ranavalona I) for Tsimiamboholahy; Alakamisy-Ambohipanga to this locality; Sabotsy-Ambato for Anativolo.
As for Friday Andrianampoinimerina asks his Voromahery (Eagles) to install Anjoma of Fiadanana for all inhabitants of Imerina. His son later move this market Antaninarenina, in order to build a Palace of wood.
When the king saw that the trial is successful and that the “products” marketed remained agricultural, other daily markets are created: Alahady-Soarano, Talata-Amoronkay, Alarobia Amboanjobe-and-Alarobia Ambatomanga, Alakamisy-Ambohipeno, Alakamisy -Ambohibalala and Alakamisy-Antanamalaza, Anjoma-Manazary, Anjoma Ambatomitsangana-and-Anjoma Analaroa, Asabotsy Andoharanofotsy-and-Asabotsy Anosibe.