Amazing panoramic pictures of Madagascar, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, located near the southeastern coast of Africa. This extraordinary country has been an inspiration for a number of documentaries and is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing and interesting places on earth.
While you think you know a lot about Madagascar, there are some little known facts that may surprise you. Here are some of them:
Much of the wildlife of Madagascar found nowhere else in the world
Madagascar is an island for about 70 million years. 165,000 years ago he was torn from Africa and nearly 100,000 years later and India. This makes the flora and fauna of the island unique.
90% of plant and animal species in Madagascar are found nowhere else in the world. Madagascar's lemurs are sacred. Madagascar lemurs are sacred animals. According to various theories, man and lemurs have a common ancestor.
The island is about 103 different species and subspecies of lemurs and almost all are classified as rare, vulnerable or endangered. Madagascar was originally populated by Asians and only then by Africans. The first people who settled in Madagascar came from Borneo, which is now divided between Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia. They arrive between 350 BC and 550 by canoes.
Africans join them nearly 500 years later. Over time coming and other settlers, all have contributed to the culture of the island. Many plants have medicinal properties. Numerous plant species can be used in medicine. For a number of diseases displayed the drugs vinblastine and vincristine, which are derived from the Madagascar periwinkle. It is possible to Madagascar was a pirate utopia.
The island was a popular vacation spot for European pirates and traders in the late 1700s and early 1800s. It is estimated that Madagascar was the land of Lieberthal - independent Republic of pirates, whose existence can not speak with certainty. Madagascar has rigid laws for protection of human rights.
Human Rights in Madagascar are protected under the constitution, and moreover, it has signed agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ethnic, religious and sexual minorities are also protected by law.
The kitchen Madagascar reflects the cultural diversity of the island. In traditional dishes of Madagascar clearly shows the influence of Southeast Asia and African, Indian, Chinese and European immigrants who inhabited the island. Main place in the menu is rice. Commonly used to flavor dishes are garlic, onions, ginger, tomatoes, curry, coconut milk, vanilla, cloves and turmeric.