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Alison Games

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195335545

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195335545.001.0001

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Madagascar, 1635–1650

Madagascar, 1635–1650

(p.181) 6 MADAGASCAR, 1635–1650
The Web of Empire

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This chapter examines two English colonization efforts in Madagascar, which were planned in the 1630s and enacted in the 1640s. Madagascar may have succeeded as a colonial settlement in the 1640s had its English organizers deterred from assiduously trying to emulate recent colonial successes in the Atlantic and Caribbean. These prior English experiences overrode two equally relevant models, those of the Dutch at Batavia and the Portuguese at Goa. The accumulation of colonial experiences, evident by the 1640s, constrained subsequent commercial or colonial efforts.

Keywords:   colonization, Dutch, Portuguese, colonial settlements, English settlements

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