Commune and town
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Maroantsetra [maronˈtseʈʂə̥], formerly Louisbourg, is a market town and domestic seaport in Analanjirofo Region, Madagascar, at the northern end of the Bay of Antongil. In 2005 it had a population of 42,529 people.
Maurice Benyovszky arrived in Maroantsetra in February 1774. He established a colony here, which was named Louisbourg. A hospital was built as well as a quarantine post on Nosy Mangabe island just off the coast.
Geography and climate
Maroantsetra is a coastal town in northeastern Madagascar, approximately 900 kilometres (560 mi) by air northeast of Antananarivo. The Antainambalana River flows into the bay after meandering around the town. It is one of the wettest places in Madagascar due to the trade winds, and receives an average of 138 inches (350 cm) of rain annually.
Landmarks and economy
The Melissa Express passenger boat operates between the town and Mananara, and further on to Soanierana and Ivongo. The trip to Mananara typically takes about three hours and runs twice a week between September and February, though the service is not always reliable due to adverse weather conditions. Cargo boats permit passengers and travel to Mananara, Île Sainte Marie, Tamatave and Antalaha.
- Jacques Rabemananjara (1913–2005), politician and writer
Fizono, a village of Maroantsetra
- Pierre Van den Boogaerde (2011). Shipwrecks of Madagascar. Strategic Book. p. 141. ISBN 9781612043395.
- Google (1 February 2020). "Maroantsetra" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
- Tammy Gagne (2012). We Visit Madagascar. Mitchell Lane Publishers. p. 17. ISBN 9781612283791.
- "Flights & getting there". Lonely Planet. Retrieved 1 February 2020.