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Merina literally means ''People of the highlands'' or ''Those from the country where one can see far''. This clan lives in the central highlands, the most developed area of Madagascar. The Merina represent more than one-quarter of the total population. 95% of the population of Antananarivo are Merina. In the 18th century the Merina king
[ Andrianampoinimerina] conquered nearly all of Madagascar, creating the most powerful Merina kingdom ever.

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