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After the west on the side of the Imamo, eastwards are the views of Andrianampoinimerina, in the eastern border zone, just before the forests where kingdoms and lords react differently. In Fandàna, Ambohibato, Tsarahonenana … everything happens without difficulty, in principle, because while accepting its sovereignty, many are “his new subjects” who turn their backs on him to flee for fear of losing their freedom And to be sold off.
The king recalls them, appeases their fears, but nothing to his astonishment. So he left the country before sending emissaries to debapize him and call him Imerinkasinina (Imerina hasinina) and whose inhabitants will henceforth be called Tsiverindoha (tsy averin-doha) in memory of those who persisted in Flee it.
Continuing his conquest, Andrianampoinimerina beat easily Antanamalaza where he installed 450 men taken by thirds in the Tsimahafotsy, Tsimiamboholahy and Mandiavato, but the former did not acclimatise and return home. Andriamaheritsialaintany becomes the chief of Antanamalaza and settles in Amboatany. Formerly menabe, it is transformed into menakely because “it is due not by inheritance, but because I want it”. At his death, his son Rambolamanana succeeded him, who became so menaced again, while his two other sons, Andrianaivo and Rakaloanosy, resided in Sahafa.
Then came the conquest of Antsahamaina. The battle is tough and Andrianampoinimerina must, as at Ambohitraina, block all the points and sources of water used by the population to thirst and defeat it. It brings back from this campaign, it is said, the fetish Hodibato.
If in Antsahamaina, the king of Imerina encounters difficulties, in Ambatomanga in the Amoronkay, it is worse. It takes three campaigns to defeat it definitively. It is a citadel surrounded by deep ravines on three sides, protected naturally to the east by a rocky mountain, with ramparts reinforced with snowshoes and thick thorns. Only a cannon could have succeeded, but it has only rifles like the besieged who turn out to be vigorous fighters. Nevertheless, Andrianampoinimerina launches successive assaults. In vain.
He then retired to attack the Vakiniadiana and the Vakinampasina, west of Ambatomanga, which he subjected fairly easily to Iadiana. He returned to Ambatomanga, setting up a fortified camp downstream. The battle is more severe, the casualties are high on both sides. He decides to return to Ambohimanga so that his men can rest, the wounded take care of themselves, not without throwing a pike to the chiefs of the citadel: “If you want to kill the people, if you want his misfortune, Leave your ammunition and rifles to defend you, for I shall return. “
Returning to Ambohimanga, he raised a much larger army, split in two. The king himself led the men of the front to the assault of the citadel, and again, he almost did not succeed without the reinforcement of the rear guard. When the citadel falls, Andrianampoinimerina is in awe at the warrior power of the inhabitants and leaves them free because he needs men of this caliber and “that there are still countries to conquer since the objective is the sea. Over there, he says to his disappointed and vexed army, you can have as many slaves as you want. “
But on the way back, he learns that the citadel rebels and he has to turn back to subdue it again. Then a third time, she revolts: Andrianampoinimerina decides to settle once and for all the problem: he sends the Manisotra, intrepid warriors who put an end to any ambition of insurrection of Ambatomanga, henceforth pacified. But on the death of the great monarch, she rebels again and Radama solves the problem, this time for good.