Like most of Madagascar’s east coast ports, Toamasina, also known as Tamatave, began as a pirate community. The French, who were already a presence in Ile Ste-Marie, established a trading port here in the late 18th century, only to be challenged by the British governor of newly acquired Mauritius. Madagascar was the main supplier of slaves in the Indian Ocean. The British Parliament abolished the slave trade in 1807; the attack on Toamasina was made to end slavery at its source. View more
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