Madagascar is an island in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. French post offices operated there from 1885. In 1896 the island was declared a French colony, absorbing Diego-Suarez and Sainte Marie de Madagascar in 1898 and Nossi-Be in 1901.
Madagascar became autonomous as the Malagasy Republic in 1958, it reverted to the name of Madagascar in 1992.
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