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By restructuring the territory, Andrianampoinimerina offers all the dependent lands of Antananarivo to the autocracy and Hova called Voromahery, the settler soldiers who must immigrate there “with their dead”. The distribution is made very precisely starting from the old town, inside the protective ditches and closed by six gates.
To the northwest, the sovereign offers his daughter Rafaravavimarovelo, Marivolanitra, a district which, under Ranavalona I, returns to Ramonja.
To the south of the Rova, Ambohimitsimbina (where one can watch in the distance), through which the Manisotra penetrate to capture the Rova, is inhabited by the Tsimahafotsy and the Tsimiamboholahy; Then descending to Ambohipotsy, by the Tsimahafotsy and the Mainty “enin-dreny.”
To the southwest of Ankaditapaka is Ambaravarambato (at the stone gate) which is also called Ambavahadimitafo (the covered gate) – whose name is precisely explained by this roof installed by Andrianampoinimerina. It is the Andriantompokoindrindra and the Mandiavato Vakinandriamalama; Towards Faliarivo, we also meet the Mainty.
Ambavahadimasina, northeast of Andohalo, is the gate through which Andrianampoinimerina enters and leaves the old town when he comes back from Ambohimanga or goes there. Hence its name of “sacred portal”. It is also by this that the water used for the circumcision of the princes of the royal family is brought up, which then passes through Ambohitsiroamanjaka and Andohalomasina.
To the north-east of Ambavahadimasina, a second door is counterpart to it, but outside the surrounding wall: it is Anjohy.
In the center of the old town stands the Rova built by Andrianjaka. The enclosure is made of wood so well arranged and reinforced at its base that it is difficult to destroy it. Moreover, the top of these planks is sharpened to avoid enemies climbing there.
All around the Rova, there is first Andohalomasina, a settlement created by Andriamasinavalona where the subjects meet to listen to the royal kabary and to celebrate. Andrianampoinimerina installed there a sacred stone (vatomasina) to present to his subjects the crown prince, Laidama. Since then, it is on this “vatomasina” that the future sovereigns are consecrated, except Radama II who was in Mahamasina.
Previously, Ralambo was inducted into Ampahibe on the “Vaton-dRalambo”, Andrianjaka to the west of Ambohitantely on Ambatomasina. The same is true of Andriantsitakatrandriana, the sixth king of the Imerina since Rafohy, who, according to tradition, devotes his reign to encouraging agriculture (1630-1650); Of Andriantsimitoviamiandriandehibe, son and successor of the precedent and father of Andriamasinavalona.
He leaves the throne to his eldest son Razakatsitakatrandriana, but, it is said, the latter is so hard and selfish that a powerful party of the nobility led by Andriamampandry, does not delay to proclaim his forfeiture in the course of A benign coup d’etat for the benefit of his younger brother, Andriamasinavalona. The latter is also devoted to Ambatomasina.
Then it is Ambodinandohalo which serves as both an oxen slaughterhouse and a source of water to draw from during the old clan wars. To the east of Andohalo upstream is Ambohitantely. This is where the circumcision water of the Hova passes. The name of the district comes from an anecdote under Andriamampandry, which offers to Andriamasinavalona, ​​to his entourage and his servants such a quantity of honey that everyone has delighted to satiety (tantely afa-drakotra).
Still to the east of Andohalo but at the beginning of the square, Ambohitsiroamanjaka, whose
The northern part returns to the Andriandranando and that to the south to the Andrianamboninolona. Upstream of the district, is a large round stone on which Andriatsimitoviaminandriandehibe, likes to have fun. It is the eldest son of Andriamasinavalona, ​​became lord of Ambohimanga when the old monarch shares his states between his four sons. He is renowned for his goodness and wisdom, which he conveyed in 1720 with the inheritance of the throne,
His son Andriambelomasina, grandfather of Andrianampoinimerina.