The fourth-largest island in the world, the Republic of Madagascar is an African country located on the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The politically unstable former French colony (independent on June 26, 1960) is known for its unique plant and animal life
, native art forms and sprawling beaches which attract over a hundred thousand tourists from around the world every year.
The people of Madagascar have a mixture of Southeast Asian and East African ancestry, manifesting in a look that is all their own. Head below to see classic black and white photos of Madagascan women taken around 1898.