Season 4 Episode 15: Radama the Great

History of Africa

Season 4 Episode 15: Radama the Great

If his father is the most remembered king in Madagascar, Radama is probably the best-known Malagasy king in the rest of the world. Radama is famous not only for leading the first major push to unify his home island but also for his later efforts to modernize and industrialize the Merina Empire. But how did this fascinating man come to power in the first place? Today, we track Radama’s ascent from heir to the throne to the most powerful king in the history of Madagascar.

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