BHM- The Last Queen of Madagascar

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Last Queen of Madagascar

Queen Ranavalona III



She reigned from 1883-1896 before Madagascar became under French rule. Ranavalona came to throne at the age of 18 during turbulent times when her country was at war with France. Throughout her reign she built strong trade and diplomatic relations with the United States and Great Britain in hopes of preventing colonization from France. Unfortunately when the French attacked the coastal ports of Madagascar they soon took over the Capital City, Antananrivo. Madagascar was now under French rule.
The queen was later exiled to the French island Le Reunion for being associated with an anti-French rebellion movement called menalamba rebellion. Queen Ranavalona and her family later moved to Algiers where she later died at the age of 55.

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