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Fifty-six years of independence recovered for the Great Island. Half a century of life in parentheses. And a long History ignored by many generations.
Madagascar is inhabited by eighteen tribes, it is said, then ethnic groups or ethnic groups, to arrive at the people simply. In any case, the whole constitutes one nation, the Malagasy Nation. According to the academician Régis Rajemisa-Raolison (“Geographical and Historical Dictionary of Madagascar”), Merina, Sakalava, Betsileo, Betsimisaraka, Antemoro, Tsimihety, Bara, Sihanaka, Bezanozano, Antankarana, Tanala, Antesaka, Antefasy , Antanosy, Antandroy, Mahafaly, Antemanambondro and Antambahoaka.
Quite varied, these populations form a single people, the Malagasy people. There is no doubt about its unity when one considers their beliefs, their customs and especially their language, which, despite some provincial modifications, seems everywhere to come from the same stock. However, there is no purebred in Madagascar any more than elsewhere.
Historians, geographers and philologists agree to support the hypothesis of a background of population of Indonesian origin, considered as indigenous inhabitants of the island. “They had Ravanga in the north, Vazimba in the center and Karimbola in the south.”
On this basis, successive waves of immigrants would have superimposed successive waves of immigrants: Semites in Sainte-Marie and on the north-east coast, Malays in the center, Africans everywhere, but especially in the West, Indians also West and south-east, Europeans to the south-west and east. “From the day when each of these diverse groups of immigrants formed a more or less homogeneous population, in alliance with the indigenous inhabitants in whose midst they lived, the date of each tribe’s entry into history. “
Between the 12th and 14th centuries, Arab settlers were founded in the south-east and formed the Antemoro, Antambahoaka and Antemanambondro.
In the 15th century, Indians from Gujarat also settled in the Southeast. Some settle there, others take off to the west, such as
The Antefasy, the Antesaka and the Sakalava. The latter founded a kingdom in Fiherenana, the kingdom of the Menabe, from Andriandahifotsy, one of whose sons grows more
North. It submits the indigenous people of the region and the Antalaotra (Arabs from Mozambique and immigrants
Comorian). He founded the kingdom of Boina (Boeny).
Towards the middle of the sixteenth century, the Malays, who a century earlier landed on the east coast, climbed to the Plateaux where they encountered the Vazimba.
As for the Betsileo, Sihanaka, Mahafaly, Antandroy, Bara, “they
Seem to be indigenous peoples in a more or less pure state, but chiefs who have come to know exactly where they succeed in unifying, so the beginning of their history is most nebulous. “
The Betsimisaraka enter the scene with the great battle between those of the North and those of the South, that is to say, those more or less mixed, descended from Jewish forbearers and immigrants, against those who have preserved themselves.
Finally, it seems that the Antankarana, the Tsimihety and the Bezanozano are crossbreeds of different races. It is not the same with the black Makoa imported from Africa by the Arabs and the Indians, who can never form a population, but infiltrate little by little into those already formed, especially in the West.
“In this mosaic of races and tribes, two especially will play major roles in the history of Madagascar, the Sakalava and the Hova.” The former develop in the west and northwest. Their kingdom is prosperous and powerful as long as they are united. They see the apogee of their story with Queen Ravahiny (1780-1812). After the latter, it is the fragmentation of the kingdom and thus its weakening. “Besides, the Hova come soon after to subdue them and some of their kings will shelter under the French colours.

The kingdom Hova, more exactly Merina, contrary to that of the Sakalava, traces an ever-rising curve. Begun with Rafohy (1516), it grows, grows. Ralambo is the first to annex a new territory, his son Andrianjaka definitely beats the Vazimba and takes Antananarivo. Andriamasinavalona, wise and good, feared and loved neighboring tribes, but he had the weakness to share his kingdom between his four sons. This delays progress for a long time in Imerina.
Only a hundred years later, the son of the great-granddaughter of Andriamasinavalona, Andrianampoinimerina, united again the kingdom. “Clever, intelligent legislator and organizer of engineering”, this
Last enlarged the merina kingdom. His high ambition to make the sea the limits of his kingdom, is half realized since it conquers the Sihanaka, the Bezanozano and the Betsileo.