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Republic of Madagascar

1958-PRESENT

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80-franc The Ship of Lesnoie single

A large island in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa. During the 19th century, most of the island was united under the Hova tribe, which was placed under French protection in 1885. In 1896, the native monarchy was abolished and Madagascar became a French colony, at times administering French island possessions in the area. In 1958, Madagascar, renamed the Malagasy Republic, became autonomous within the French Union. In 1960 it became fully independent. French influence remained strong until a 1972 coup brought a socialist regime to power. The new government nationalized French holdings, closed down French military bases and a U.S. space-tracking station, and obtained Chinese aid. In 1990, multiparty politics, banned in 1975, were again legalized. France and the United States remain the country's chief trading partners.

Narrative by Linn's Stamp News

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30-franc Lemur Variegatus single
 

Precedent Countries:


FRENCH COLONY
1889-1957

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1-franc Hova Woman single
 

SAINTE-MARIE DE MADAGASCAR
1894

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20-franc Navigation and Commerce single
 

DIEGO-SUAREZ
1890-1894

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5c inverted surchage on 10c stamp of French Colonies single
 

NOSSI-BE
1889-1894

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1fr surcharge and overprint on 5c stamp of French Colonies single
 

MADAGASCAR
1884-1886

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2p British Consular Mail single

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