Anjouan #4 (1892)

Anjouan #4 (1892)

Anjouan is the easternmost of the Comoro Islands (Shikomori Komori in the Comorian language, جزر القمر ‎‎or Juzur al-Qamar in Arabic, Les Comores in French), an archipelago of volcanic islands off the south-east coast of Africa, to the east of Mozambique and north-west of Madagascar.  The island is also known as Ndzuwani or Nzwani, and its chief town is Mutsamudu. The total area of the island is 424 square kilometers (163 … Continue reading Anjouan #4 (1892)

Thailand #1169 (1987)

National Thai Language Day / วันภาษาไทยแห่งชาติ

Every year, the 29th of July is observed as Thai National Language Day (Wan Paa-Săa Tai Hàeng Châad — วันภาษาไทยแห่งชาติ).  While regulated by the government, it’s not considered a national holiday. It was established in 1999 as a way to raise awareness of the proper use of the Thai language and the preservation of unique local dialects.  The language is actually regulated by the Royal Institute of … Continue reading National Thai Language Day / วันภาษาไทยแห่งชาติ

Angra #2 (1892)

Angra #2 (1892)

Angra or, to use it’s full name, Angra do Heroísmo, is a city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores).  The town was established in the latter half of the 15th century.  Angra is the Portuguese word for “inlet”, “cove”, or “bay”.  The epithet do Heroísmo (“of Heroism”, “the Heroic”) was granted to the city by Maria … Continue reading Angra #2 (1892)

Angola #370 (1953)

Angola #370 (1953)

The seventh largest country in Africa, Angola is located in southwestern Africa between Zaire and Namibia.  The largest city and capital is Luanda.  Portuguese colonization began in the 16th century and was for centuries limited to coastal settlements and trading posts.  In the 19th century, European settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior.  As an overseas territory, Angola was a part of the … Continue reading Angola #370 (1953)

Andorra, French Administration #23 (1932)

French Andorra #23 (1932)

Andorra was created under a charter granted by King Charles the Great (Charlemagne) in return for the Andorran people fighting against the Moors with Overlordship of the territory by the Count of Urgell. In A.D. 988, the Andorran valleys were given to the Diocese of Urgell in exchange for land in Cerdanya. The Bishop of Urgell, based in Seu d’Urgell, has owned Andorra since then. … Continue reading French Andorra #23 (1932)

Andorra, Spanish Administration #102b (1978)

Spanish Andorra #102b (1978)

Andorra is a co-principality that had been jointly administered by France and the Spanish bishop of Urgell since 1278. In 1993, Andorra became a constitutional coprincipality, governed by its own parliament. It is the sixth smallest country in Europe with an area of just 181 square miles (468 square kilometers). The capital city of Andorra la Vella is the highest in Europe, sitting at an … Continue reading Spanish Andorra #102b (1978)