In the political turmoil of 2002 Tamatave was the headquarters for former dictator Didier Ratsiraka. Ratsiraka fled in exile to France in July of that year.
According to the Bradt guide, one theory for the origin of the name Toamasina (the Malagasy name for Tamatave) is that "King Radama I tasted the seawater ... and remarked 'Toa masina' - 'It's salty.'"
Find a mistake? Want to submit pictures or content? Contact WildMadagascar.org
WildMadagascar.org aims to raise interest in Madagascar, a land of cultural and biological richness
You can help support wildmadagascar.org by using this link to buy from Amazon.com.
home | photos index | search | about | contact
Unless otherwise noted, all content and images are the property of Rhett Butler, content copyright 2004-2012.
All rights reserved.