Ranavalona I

1788 - 1861

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Ranavalona I (born Rabodoandrianampoinimerina (also called Ramavo); c. 1778 – August 16, 1861), also known as Ranavalo-Manjaka I, was sovereign of the Kingdom of Madagascar from 1828 to 1861. After positioning herself as queen following the death of her young husband, Radama I, Ranavalona pursued a policy of isolationism and self-sufficiency, reducing economic and political ties with European powers, repelling a French attack on the coastal town of Foulpointe, and taking vigorous measures to eradicate the small but growing Malagasy Christian movement initiated under Radama I by members of the London Missionary Society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ranavalona I has received more than 606,750 page views. Her biography is available in 30 different languages on Wikipedia. Ranavalona I is the 2,773rd most popular politician (up from 3,124th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Madagascar and the most popular Malagasy Politician.

Ranavalona I was the Queen of Madagascar from 1828 to 1861. She is most famous for her policies which were designed to make the country more traditional and conservative. These policies included banning Christianity, outlawing the wearing of clothes with European styles, and forbidding the teaching of reading and writing.

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Among politicians, Ranavalona I ranks 2,773 out of 15,710Before her are Maria Teresa Rafaela of Spain, Giovanna of Italy, Eric VI of Denmark, Philip II, Duke of Savoy, Ajatashatru, and Gudrun Burwitz. After her are Basarab I of Wallachia, Nabis, Eric V of Denmark, Justa Grata Honoria, Yolande of Aragon, and Psusennes I.

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Among people born in 1788, Ranavalona I ranks 10Before her are Augustin-Jean Fresnel, Princess Augusta of Bavaria, Jean-Victor Poncelet, Infante Carlos, Count of Molina, Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, and Princess Wilhelmine of Baden. After her are Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, Antoine César Becquerel, Rama III, Robert Peel, Archduke Rudolf of Austria, and Étienne Cabet. Among people deceased in 1861, Ranavalona I ranks 12Before her are Xianfeng Emperor, Friedrich Carl von Savigny, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Pedro V of Portugal, Lola Montez, and Pavel Jozef Šafárik. After her are Utagawa Kuniyoshi, Adam Jerzy Czartoryski, Lars Levi Laestadius, Eugène Scribe, Elisha Otis, and Henri Murger.

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In Madagascar

Among people born in Madagascar, Ranavalona I ranks 2 out of 32Before her are Claude Simon (1913). After her are Radama I (1793), Andrianampoinimerina (1745), Ranavalona III (1861), Ranavalona II (1829), Didier Ratsiraka (1936), Rasoherina (1814), Radama II (1829), Philibert Tsiranana (1912), Marc Ravalomanana (1949), and Gabriel Ramanantsoa (1906).

Among POLITICIANS In Madagascar

Among politicians born in Madagascar, Ranavalona I ranks 1After her are Radama I (1793), Andrianampoinimerina (1745), Ranavalona III (1861), Ranavalona II (1829), Didier Ratsiraka (1936), Rasoherina (1814), Radama II (1829), Philibert Tsiranana (1912), Marc Ravalomanana (1949), Gabriel Ramanantsoa (1906), and Albert Zafy (1927).