26.06.

1960: Madagascar Gains Independence

1960: Madagascar Gains Independence
Photo Credit To Wikipedia Common/Central Antananarivo, including Lake Anosy

Story Highlights

  • Historical event
  • 26 June 1960
  • Madagascar has 58,704,100 hectares, making it larger than France, Spain, Japan, Germany and Italy.

On this day, in 1960, Madagascar, an island country along the African coast, gained its independence.

It is interesting that Madagascar is the fourth-largest island in the world.

In fact, only Greenland, New Guinea and Borneo are larger and none of these three are an independent state (Greenland is under Danish sovereignty, New Guinea is divided between the two countries and Borneo among even three).

Madagascar was formed as an island by separating from the Indian subcontinent about 88 million years ago.

That is why about 90% of plant and animal species found in Madagascar are endemic.

It is interesting that people arrived in Madagascar by immigrating from the area of ​​present-day Indonesia, but also from Africa. Therefore, the Madagascan population today is of mixed Asian-African genetic origin.

Madagascar has 58,704,100 hectares, making it larger than France, Spain, Japan, Germany and Italy.

There are more than 22 million inhabitants In Madagascar, of which about 1,600,000 is in the capital Antananarivo.

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