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Definition of ANTANANARIVO
city ∗ of Madagascar urban area pop 958,929
Variants of ANTANANARIVO
An·ta·nan·a·ri·vo or Malagasy Ta·nan·a·ri·vo\tä-ˌnä-nä-ˈrē-(ˌ)vō\ or formerly Ta·nan·a·rive\tə-ˈna-nə-ˌrēv\
geographical name(Concise Encyclopedia)
City (pop., 2001 est.: 1,403,449), capital of Madagascar. Located in central Madagascar Island, and rising to an elevation of 4,694 ft (1,431 m), the city was founded in the 17th century and was controlled by the Merina from the early 1790s until the end of the 19th century. The French made it the capital of their colony when they took control of the region at the end of the 19th century and renamed it Tananarive. The name became Antananarivo after the 1972 revolution. The University of Madagascar (1961) is located there, as are tobacco- and food-processing plants. A railway connects it with Toamasina, the island's chief port.