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Tracing my roots. Discovering new places.

Posted in Art and Culture with tags , , , , on May 31, 2012 by Val McCall

“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe.” Gustave Flaubert

I’m writing a short novel about one of my ancestors (through marriage) — she has an amazing story to tell. Actually, I started out gathering up the research that my oldest son compiled about Nana. Nana’s colorful life is filled with intrigue and adventure and following the research lead me to her mother, which lead me to her grandmother and then I found her great-grandmother and that’s where a whole new world opened up.

No story like this can be without some great pictures; especially of the heroine. The Heroine was born in Madagascar, was the victim of a war between a few nations in that area, lost her husband and first daughter and then captured along with her second child. She was then taken from Madagascar and brought to the West Coast of Africa where she was sold to an English slave trader, placed on a ship and managed to survive it to Virginia. Then, her story begins in deepest earnest to keep track of her family and her homeland.

There are no pictures of the Heroine and I wanted desperately to have a picture of this great lady to share with the rest of the world. So, I did the next best thing. I began searching the Internet for pictures of Madagascar, trying to find some images from the 1700s – 1800s. None of what I have found thus far called out to me.

So I dropped every key word from my search but one, Madagascar. Here’s what I came up with.

This is Nosey Iranja where one can walk along this glorious white sandy stretch between two islands. Amazing. No wonder I’m part fish!

These are baobab trees. I’m learning much from my search. Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and much of its fauna and foliage, etc., can be found nowhere else on earth.

The Anatananarivo mountainside covered with colorful rooftops and native foliage coming alive with color and form as the sun rises is living art. Now, I’ve got to find my way there.

I’ll need to go soon. Deforestation, poaching and human sprawl is depleting this beautiful island nation of its natural beauty. Many thanks to Mat_71 and others who took these beautiful photos that have inspired me to push onward with this book and to visit this beautiful country. Check out the rest of the photos at Beautiful Places to Visit including the photos of Seychelles Islands next to Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.