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Madagascar A country I never thought spoke French by Mitchell Thompson. Madagascar is: The 4 th largest island in the world It is in Sothern Africa, in the Indian Ocean Formally an independent kingdom, Madagascar was invaded by the French in 1896 by Mitchell Thompson.

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Madagascar

A country I never thought spoke French

by Mitchell Thompson

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Madagascar is:

  • The 4th largest island in the world
  • It is in Sothern Africa, in the Indian Ocean
  • Formally an independent kingdom, Madagascar was invaded by the French in 1896
  • by Mitchell Thompson
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The French used Madagascar as a source for timber & exotic spices, like vanilla. Vanilla beans take a minimum of 2 years to grow, so they are quite expensive.

  • Despite vanilla being expensive, the average worker earns approx $1 per day ,about 60p (which is less than a packet of crisps) 
  • by Mitchell Thompson
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Because of that, the Malagasy people live below the world poverty line (which means they are very poor), half the children under 5 are under fed and starving!

  • Today, Madagascar is home to around 18 million people, they eat rice every day, because the meat is so expensive.
  • because they are a poor country they only live to around 55 years old.
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Madagascar has it good things too.. It won its independence back in 1960, yet they still speak French along with Malagasy.

  • 75% of its animals & plants don't exist anywhere else on earth, it has strange animals like lemurs, tenrecs – spiny hedgehog
  • 27 species of bats, including the giant fruit bat, known as the flying fox
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Animals you would expect to find in Africa like Ape’s, Monkey’s Elephant’s, Zebra’s, Lion’s.. Don't live in Madagascar because it’s an island.

  • The country has 2 seasons, unlike our 4. its got a rainy season, December to April (we know what that feels like in Scotland!)
  • Dry season from May to November
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The island is heavily exposed to tropical cyclones which

  • Brings torrential rain & destructive floods
  • 1 of the facts about Madagascar that I
  • Found interesting is that Astronauts have
  • remarked that it looked like it’s bleeding
  • to death from space, because it’s river runs
  • blood red & stains the surrounding Indian
  • Ocean
  • This is because of an environmental problem, soil erosion
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“The most photographed house in Madagascar". Its simple design and cheerful flowers shows the home of a middle class Malagasy family 