The following is taken from the worldatlas. On October 14,Madagascar was proclaimed an autonomous state within the French community.
Necho II 's Phoenician expedition c. The island was likely uninhabited;  the earliest unambiguous evidence of human presence in Madagascar was found at Andavakoera and dates to CE. Archaeological finds such as cut marks on bones found in the northwest and stone tools in the northeast indicate that Madagascar was visited by foragers around BCE.
The cutmarking looks plausible, but there is a potential problem of old carbon from the limestone landscape compromising the date, and there are no associated artifacts or archaeological sites in the vicinity.
Nearly contemporaneous potential evidence comes from cannabis or humulus pollen which occurs in a pollen column from the central highlands at an interpolated date of c.
There is no archaeological evidence for human occupation in the highlands until around Finally, a cutmarked pygmy hippo bone from Ambolisatra has been dated and calibrated to between 60 BCE and CE 2 SDsbut it is from a coastal swamp without indications of settlement in a heavily karstic region.
Transient visits to Madagascar that did not result in enduring settlement cannot be ruled out, and may have left some traces. They probably arrived on the west coast of Madagascar with outrigger canoes waka at the beginning of our era or as much as years sooner according to archaeologists,  and perhaps even earlier under certain geneticists' assumptions.
A traditional Borobudur ship with outriggers was reconstructed and sailed in this expedition from Jakarta to Madagascar and Ghana. Today the term vahoaka means "people" in Malagasy.
This original population vahoaka ntaolo can be called the "Proto-Malagasy". They are the source of: Malagasy cultural traditions shared with Austronesians of Taiwanthe Pacific Islands, Indonesia, New Zealand, and the Philippines including ancient customs, such as burying the dead within a canoe in the sea or in a lake, the cultivation of traditional Austronesian crops such as taro or saonjo, banana, coconut, and sugar cane, traditional architecture with a square house plan, music and musical instruments such as the Antsiva conch, the hazolahy drum, the atranatrana xylophone, sodina flute, or the valiha tube zither,  and dance, including the "bird dance" found both in central and southern regions.
One can only assume that the island of Madagascar played an important role in trade, particularly that of spice trade especially the cinnamon and timber between Southeast Asia and Middle Eastdirectly or through the African coast and Madagascar.
An Sumatran village showing several traditional houses, Malagasy levu. The vahoaka ntaolo villages of Madagascar were probably similar in the first millennium AD.
This model is still currently present on every coast and in the remote inland areas and forests. Vazimba and Vezo[ edit ] The first concentrated population of human settlers emerged along the southeastern coast of the island, although the first landfall may have been made on the northern coast.
Rafandrana, an ancestor of the Merina royal dynasty, for example, is known to have been a Vazimba. Rafohy and Rangitathe two founding queens of the Merina royalty, were also called Vazimbas.
The suling is an Indonesian cousin of the sodina After the arrival of the newcomers see belowas growing population density necessitated higher crop yields, irrigated rice paddies emerged in Betsileo country by and were complemented with terraced paddies throughout the central highlands a century later.
The rising intensity of land cultivation and the ever-increasing demand for zebu pasturage in the central highlands had largely transformed the region from a forest ecosystem to barren grassland by the 17th century. There is evidence that Bantu or Swahili sailors or traders may have begun sailing to the western shores of Madagascar as early as around the 6th and 7th century.
Notably they included the Zafiraminia, traditional ancestors of the AntemoroAntanosy and other east coast ethnicities.
The last wave of Arab immigrants, the Antalaotra, immigrated from Swahili colonies. They settled the northwest of the island the Mahajanga area and introduced, for the first time, Islam to Madagascar.
The Malagasy names for seasons, months, days, and coins in certain regions come from Arabic origins,[ citation needed ] as do cultural features such as the practice of circumcisionthe communal grain-pool, and different forms of salutation such as salama.
Linguists' observations of Old Malay SanskritisedOld Javanese Sanskritised and Old Bugis borrowings in the initial Proto-South-Eeast-Barito languages indicate that the first Hova waves came probably in the 8th century at the earliest.
Their leaders were known as the diana in the Southeast and andriana or raondriana in the Center and the West    from ra -hadi-an, "lord" or "master" in Old Javanese,  modern Javanese radenalso found in the Bugis noble title andi and the Tagalog word for "king" hari. They for the most part allied with Vazimba clans:The history of Madagascar is distinguished clearly by the early isolation of the landmass from the ancient supercontinent containing Africa and India, and by the island's late colonization by human settlers arriving in outrigger canoes from the Sunda islands between BC and AD.
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