I was dreaming about a journey to Madagascar since I'd seen the black-and-white pictures by Gian Paolo Barbieri for the first time. In June 2001 a part of the island was covered by the shadow of the new millennium's first total solar eclipse. It was, of course, an additional argument for visiting the island where (not only) pepper grows.

The reality has exceeded all the expectations. All looked much better in colour.
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This map is a fragment of Partie de la Cote Orientale d'Afrique avec l'Isle de Madagascar et les Cartes particulieres des Isles de France et de Bourbon by Rigobert Bonne (1727-1794) from the 1780s.

The island on the map appears from today's point of view a bit too narrow, and its coast line is more curvious in real. On the other hand, the map names some of the Malagasy tribes.

Map image © Cartography Associates