St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Mickey’s School of Education

While I have had a stamp of the British Colony of St. Vincent in my collection for quite a while, it was only recently that I received one inscribed with the full independent name of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The country achieved its independence from the British Commonwealth on October 27, 1979, but the first stamps with such a printed inscription weren’t released until … Continue reading St. Vincent and the Grenadines: Mickey’s School of Education

The Seal of St. Vincent Colony

For a long time, my collection held but a solitary stamp from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. That stamp was featured on the colony’s stamp issuers article back in June 2017. I recently sought to add more and purchased a small “mystery” mixed lot of St. Vincent stamps. However, only three were inscribed thusly. One sheet of eight stamps bore the inscription St. Vincent … Continue reading The Seal of St. Vincent Colony

San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago

San Fernando is the second most populous city in Trinidad and Tobago, after Chaguanas. It occupies 18 km² and is located in the southwestern part of the island of Trinidad. It is bounded to the north by the Guaracara River, the south by the Oropouche River, the east by the Sir Solomon Hochoy Highway, and the west by the Gulf of Paria. The former borough … Continue reading San Fernando, Trinidad & Tobago

The U.S. Virgin Islands

On March 31, 1917, the United States of America formally took possession of the Danish West Indies after paying $25 million to Denmark, renaming the territory the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). The date is celebrated with a holiday each year in the USVI called Transfer Day; the holiday is the subject of Sophie Schiller’s 2012 novel Transfer Day. The United States’ interest in the Virgin … Continue reading The U.S. Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands #435 (1982)

The British Virgin Islands (BVI), officially simply “Virgin Islands”, are a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean, to the east of Puerto Rico. The islands are geographically part of the Virgin Islands archipelago and are located in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. The territory consists of the main islands of Tortola, Virgin Gorda, Anegada, and Jost Van Dyke, along with over 50 other … Continue reading British Virgin Islands #435 (1982)

Thomas Warner and the Caribbean’s First British Colony

On January 28, 1623,  Sir Thomas Warner established the first British colony in the Caribbean on the island of Saint Kitts, also known more formally as Saint Christopher Island. Two years later, in 1625, French captain Pierre Belain d’Esnambuc, commanding a 14-gun brigantine with a crew of 40, arrived on the island following a run-in with the Spanish Armada and were allowed to settle on the island. Thus, Saint … Continue reading Thomas Warner and the Caribbean’s First British Colony

Barbados Independence Day

On November 30, 1966, after years of peaceful and democratic progress, Barbados finally became an independent state. Errol Barrow was its first Prime Minister, although Queen Elizabeth II remained the monarch. Upon independence, Barbados maintained historical linkages with Britain by becoming a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. A year later, Barbados’ international linkages were expanded by obtaining membership of both the United Nations and … Continue reading Barbados Independence Day

Sint Maarten #D-13 (2011)

Sint Maarten #D-13 (2011)

Sint Maarten is an island country in the Caribbean. It is a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. With a population of 33,609 on an area of 13 square miles (34 square kilometers), it encompasses the southern 40% of the divided island of Saint Martin, while the northern 60% of the island constitutes the French overseas collectivity of Saint-Martin. Sint Maarten’s capital is … Continue reading Sint Maarten #D-13 (2011)