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Antsiranana Pointe Des Galeis Cruises

Antsiranana, named Diego-Suarez prior to 1975, is a city at the northern tip of Madagascar, in Antsiranana province. It was a French colony in the late 19th century.

The place was named for Diego Suarez, a Portuguese navigator who visited the bay in 1543.

In the 1880s, the bay was coveted by France, which desired it as a coaling station for steamships. On 17 December 1885, Queen Ranavalona III signed a treaty giving France a protectorate over the bay and surrounding territory, as well as the islands of Nossi-Be and Ste. Marie de Madagascar.

The colony's administration was subsumed into that of Madagascar in 1896.

Diego Suarez was one of the points of invasion for Allied forces when they captured Madagascar during 1942. There were fears that Japan would pressure Vichy France into granting use of Madagascar in much the same way as French Indo-China during the previous year. Consequently an invasion of the island was launched. Diego Suarez was selected as the initial invasion point due to its superlative harbour and the fact that it was the seat of many important officials.

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