Madagascar is an island country off the coast of Southeast Africa. It is the fourth largest island in the world and is inhabited by over 22 million people. The majority of the population only makes two dollars per day. Although Madagascar has a lot of poverty it has treasures that no other country in the world can claim.
Many of the animals and plants on Madagascar are unique. In fact 90% of them are only on Madagascar. If you ever have the opportunity to visit Madagascar you will be the small percentage of the world's population to witness such extraordinary species.
It was Italian explorer Marco Polo who gave the island its name. He was the first European explorer to reach the island. The name was first spelled Madeigasar.
Madagascar is the world's 47th largest country.
Madagascar has deserts and rain forests.
Madagascar's highest mountain peak is Maromoktro at 9,436 feet.
Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla. Vanilla plants grow on a vine.
The two languages spoken in Madagascar are French and Malagasy.
The valiha is the national musical instrument of Madagascar. It is made from a species of local bamboo and played by plucking the strings which are often made of metal.
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