Voyage to Madagascar and the Comoros Islands, 1823-1830


Madagascar is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean about 380 kilometers off the coast of Africa. Its population is predominantly of mixed Asian and African origin, owing to migrations to the island from Southeast Asia, the mainland of Africa, and the Arabian Peninsula. In the early 1800s, the Merina Kingdom established its dominance over the whole of the island. Radama I became king in 1810 and was succeeded by Queen Ranavalona I in 1828. B.F. Leguével de Lacombe was a French traveler who, in the 1820s, spent eight years on the east coast of Africa, the Comoro Islands, and Madagascar. This two-volume work is his account of the people, economy, and culture of Madagascar. It includes a long introductory essay on the island’s geography and history by the pioneering French ethnographer and linguist Eugène de Froberville. Leguével de Lacombe visited Mohilla, one of the Comoro Islands to the northwest of Madagascar, and the work also includes a detailed description of the customs of the Mohelian people. An Italian translation of Leguével de Lacombe’s work was published in 1844.

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L. Desessart, Paris


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Voyage à Madagascar et aux îles Comores (1823 à 1830)

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2 volumes : illustrations ; 23 centimeters

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