The history of Madagascar is, in many respects, highly instructive. It exhibits a branch of that sin gular and widely-scattered race inhabiting chie?y the coasts and islands of South-eastern Asia; preserv ing in their language, and many of their customs, unequivocal Signs of identity, yet dwelling at a dis tance from the Malayan archipelago, or the groups of Polynesia, greater than, without the strongest evi dence, we should have believed it possible for them to reach. It shows an interesting portion of the human family, gradually emerging from the ignorance and rudeness which characterise the earliest stages of society, exhibiting the intelligence and energy, and acquiring the comforts, of a civilized state. It further shows a people, with scarcely a single exception, friendly and hospitable to their visiters, until goaded to outrage and violence by ill-treatment, or rendered more corrupt than they were before, by the vicious in?uence and example of their visiters.
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