British Central Africa #50 (1897)

British Central Africa #50 (1897)

The British Central Africa Protectorate was a protectorate west of Lake Nyasa proclaimed in 1889 and ratified under the name “Nyasaland Districts” on May 14, 1891. A handwritten note dated July 20, 1891, announcing the establishment of postal services described the area as “British Central Africa” and the name was officially changed in 1893. The protectorate occupied the same area as present-day Malawi and was renamed … Continue reading British Central Africa #50 (1897)

Bechuanaland Protectorate #96 (1927)

Bechuanaland Protectorate #96 (1927)

Bechuanaland meant the country of the Tswana and for administrative purposes was divided into two political entities. The northern part, administered as the Bechuanaland Protectorate, had an area of 225,000 square miles (580,000 km²), and became the Republic of Botswana (Lefatshe la Botswana in Tswana) upon independence within the Commonwealth on September 30, 1966. The southern part was administered as the crown colony of British Bechuanaland; … Continue reading Bechuanaland Protectorate #96 (1927)

Bahrain #347 (1989)

Bahrain #347 (1989)

In Arabic, al-Bahrayn (البحرين) means “the two seas”, although which two seas were originally intended remains in dispute.  The entire coastal strip of Eastern Arabia stretching from Basra n Iraq to the Strait of Hormuz in Oman was known as “Bahrain” for a millennium until the Middle Ages. Today, Bahrain’s “two seas” are generally taken to be the bay east and west of the island, the … Continue reading Bahrain #347 (1989)

Aitutaki #33 (1920)

Aitutaki #33 (1920)

Aitutaki is an “almost-atoll” in the Cook Islands group, probably first settled around AD 900, with the first known European contact occurring when Captain Bligh and the crew of HMS Bounty arrived on 11 April 1789, just prior to the infamous mutiny.  A British Protectorate was declared over the 15 islands of the Cook group on 20 September 1888. On 9 October 1900, Aitutaki became the only one of the … Continue reading Aitutaki #33 (1920)