Senegal #146 (1935)

Senegal [French Colony] #146 (1935)

The French conquest of Sénégal in western Africa began in 1659 with the establishment of Saint-Louis followed by the French capture of the island of Gorée from the Dutch in 1677, but would only become a full-scale campaign in the nineteenth century. The territory was a part of French West Africa (Afrique occidentale française, AOF) — a federation of eight French colonial territories in Africa: Mauritania, Senegal, French … Continue reading Senegal [French Colony] #146 (1935)

Selangor #126 (1965)

Selangor [Malaysian State] #126 (1965)

Selangor,  also known by its Arabic honorific, Darul Ehsan (سلاڠور دار الإحسان) or “Abode of Sincerity”, is one of the 13 states of Malaysia. It is on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia and is bordered by Perak to the north, Pahang to the east, Negeri Sembilan to the south and the Strait of Malacca to the west. It surrounds the federal territories of Kuala … Continue reading Selangor [Malaysian State] #126 (1965)

The Accession of Queen Victoria

On June 20, 1837, King William IV of the United Kingdom died at the age of 71 and Victoria began her nearly 64-year reign as queen. She had turned 18 years old less than a month before. Born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until her death on January 22, 1901. From May 1, … Continue reading The Accession of Queen Victoria

San Marino #615 (1965)

San Marino #615 (1966)

The Republic of San Marino (Repubblica di San Marino), also known as the Most Serene Republic of San Marino (Serenissima Repubblica di San Marino), is an enclaved microstate surrounded by Italy, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains. It is on the border between the regioni of Emilia Romagna and Marche and about 6.21 miles (10 km) from the … Continue reading San Marino #615 (1966)

Saint Vincent #40 (1883)

Saint Vincent

Saint Vincent is the largest island of the country Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It is located to the west of Barbados, south of Saint Lucia and north of Grenada in the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, an island arc of the Caribbean Sea., and is composed of partially submerged volcanic mountains. Its largest volcano and the country’s highest peak, La Soufrière, is active, having … Continue reading Saint Vincent

São Tomé & Príncipe #530 (1979)

The Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe (República Democrática de São Tomé e Príncipe), is a Portuguese-speaking island nation in the Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa. It consists of two archipelagos around the two main islands: São Tomé is located about 155 miles (250 kilometers) and Príncipe 140 miles (225 km) off the northwestern coast of Gabon. The two … Continue reading São Tomé & Príncipe #530 (1979)

Saint Lucia #49 (1902)

Saint Lucia #49 (1902)

Saint Lucia #49 (1902) Saint Lucia was a British colony in the eastern Caribbean Sea on the boundary with Atlantic Ocean and has been a sovereign country since 1979. Part of the Lesser Antilles, it is located north/northeast of the island of Saint Vincent, northwest of Barbados and south of Martinique. The volcanic island is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point … Continue reading Saint Lucia #49 (1902)

United States #1265 (1965)

The Magna Carta

Magna Carta Libertatum (Medieval Latin for “the Great Charter of the Liberties”) is one of the most famous documents in the world. Originally issued by King John of England (r.1199-1216) as a practical solution to the political crisis he faced in 1215, Magna Carta established for the first time the principle that everybody, including the king, was subject to the law. Although nearly a third … Continue reading The Magna Carta