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Number: 89
Continent: Africa
Region: East
Place Names: Madagascar
Year of Origin: 1895
Title: Edition speciale de 'La DePeche'. Carte de Madagascar pour suivre les operations militaires. [Toulouse, 1895].
Language: French
Publish Origin: Toulouse
Height: 79.4
Width: 57.7
Units: centimeters
Size Class.: Medium
Color Type: Outline Color
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Cartographer: A. Guibal
Publisher: La DePeche
Other Contributors: General Duchesne
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Measurement Notes: modern estimates
Notes: LaBail source, NOT in Afriterra collection; The military expedition led by General Duchesne in 1895. A first expedition in 1885 had resulted in the signature of a French protectorate, but this was little respected. This second expedition of 1895 lead to the annexation of Madagascar in 1896. During this second intervention, the expeditionary force landed in Majunga on April 23, 1895. The city of Antananarivo was taken on September 30 of the same year. In cardboard, a map of Africa showing the French colonies, and a map of the roads from Majunga to Antananarivo, on which we can see the town of Suberbieville, founded in 1886 by Leon Suberbie, owner of a gold concession. The sheet has the map of Madagascar bordered by 12 engraved scenes and portraits. The upper part is illustrated with portraits of General Duchesne, of the queen of Madagascar Ranavalona or Ranavalo III, and of Prime Minister Rainilaiarivony, husband of the Queen. The portrait of General Duchesne is decorated with the Malagasy-Hovas and French flags, weapons and musical instruments. Above portrait show nine types of flags, including that of the signals used by the French Navy and that of the governor of the colonies French. On the sides are representations of soldiers of the French and Malagasy troops, Hovas soldiers of the guard and leaders Sakalaves, as well as a notice on geography, climate, means of communication, population, government, wealth minerals, animals, trade, etc. At the bottom of the map is a French-Malagasy vocabulary, illustrated with views of the harbor of Tamatave, defense works and an overview of Antananarivo. Very rare, like most cards that were sold by French newspapers at that time, such as Le Petit Journal, for which A. Guibal also drew a map of Europe. The only known example of this Madagascar map in any public collection is one at a library in France. There is a map with a very similar title, 'New Map of Madagascar to Track Military Operations', but this one is totally different. The Dispatch. Journal of Democracy. Toulouse, 26th year, Saturday June 1, 1895, p.3
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