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Encyclopedia > Radama I

Radama I "the Great" (c. 1793-1828) was the first king of Madagascar.

In 1810, he succeeded his father Andrianimpoinimerina as king of Merina, a small area in the central plateau of the island, around Antananarivo. An ambitious ruler, he first took over the Betsileo area in the southern part of the central highlands, then the Sakalava. By playing off competing British and French interests, he acquired British aid for his military, which he then used to conquer most of the rest of the island by 1824.

Radama also encouraged social and political change; he organized a cabinet, and invited the Protestant London Missionary Society to establish schools and churches. The Society also brought a printing press, and devised a written form of the Malagasy language.

He officially abolished the slave trade in 1817, although slave-dealing continued.

Radama was succeeded by his wife, Queen Ranavalona I.

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Rasoherina of Madagascar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (175 words)
Rasoherina was Queen of Madagascar from 1863 to 1868, succeeding her assassinated husband Radama II.
She was born as Rabodozanakandriana, a niece of Queen Ranavalona I. She was married to Ranavalona's son and heir and when he succeeded his mother in 1861 as King Radama II, she was crowned with him as queen consort.
Radama II was assasinated in 1863 and Rabodo was placed on the throne and took the name Rasoherina ("chrysalis").
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