Journeys With John
Join us in Madagascar from
October 10 - November 2, 2016.
Advanced reservations required - there is a limited number of spots avaliable. Don't miss out on this opportunity! Contact John at 509-248-0747 or firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations!
For more information view a detalied PDF here.
Madagascar is often referred to as the eighth continent for its native species-80 percent of which are found nowhere else on Earth. In many ways, Madagascar is literally a land that time forgot. It is the worldâ€™s fourth-largest island and lies in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa opposite Mozambique. The original inhabitants had roots in the Polynesian, Africa, Indian, and Arabic cultures. Over many hundreds of years, an incredible synthesis of tradition, religion, language, and genetics took place, creating a traditional society remarkable in its uniformity of language and beliefs, and striking in its physical beauty.
European settlement began in about 1500 despite efforts by the local tribes to maintain their traditional isolation. However, in 1794, King Andrianampoinimerina managed to unite the various tribes of Madagascar, forming a single kingdom, and by 1817, Andrianampoinimerinaâ€™s son, King Radama I, had formed friendly relationships with the major European powers-even inviting British missionaries who introduced the Roman alphabet and Christianity to Radamaâ€™s subjects. But immediately after Radamaâ€™s death in 1828, his widow (Queen Ranavalona) took the throne. Referred to even to this day as the wicked queen, Ranavalona forced the missionaries out of Madagascar, and executed her subjects with an unusual zeal. Queen Ranavalona died in 1861, turning the reins of power over to a succession of largely ineffective monarchs. In 1883, the French attacked Madagascar, which first became a French protectorate, and then, in 1895, a full-fledged French colony. The monarchy was abolished, and French became the official anguage. Finally, in 1958, France granted Madagascar its independence, and the new country was named the Malagasy Republic.