French Togoland #217 (1924)

On July 27, 2017, I published an article here on ASAD giving some history of Togo. Although I’d used a stamp issued under the French administration of this West African country, much of the article concerned the Republic of Togo ((République togolaise in French) which gained its independence in 1960. I don’t yet have a stamp from the independent republic but I’ll fix the previous … Continue reading French Togoland #217 (1924)

Bénin #37 (1894)

Bénin #37 (1894)

What was to become known as Etablissements Francais du Golfe de Bénin combines three areas which had different political and ethnic systems prior to French colonial control. Before 1700, there were a few important city states along the coast (primarily of the Aja ethnic group, but also including Yoruba and Gbe peoples) and a mass of tribal regions inland (composed of Bariba, Mahi, Gedevi, and Kabye peoples). … Continue reading Bénin #37 (1894)