French Oceania #92 (1934)

French Oceania #92 (1934)

French Oceania was originally a protectorate established in 1842 covering Tahiti in the Society Islands and Tahuata in the Marquesas Islands of the South Pacific Ocean. The status of Tahiti was later changed to that of a colony and in 1903 a protectorate formally called the French Establishments in Oceania (Etablissements des français en Océanie, or EFO) was created uniting 118 geographically dispersed islands and atolls … Continue reading French Oceania #92 (1934)

French Morocco #131 (1933)

French Morocco #131 (1933)

The French Protectorate in Morocco (Protectorat français au Maroc in French, or حماية فرنسا في المغرب‎‎ — Ḥimāyat Faransā fi-l-Maḡrib in Arabic) was established by the Treaty of Fez on March 30, 1912, and existed until November 18, 1955, when it — along with Spanish Morocco and the international zone of Tangier became the independent nation of Morocco. French Morocco comprised the area of Morocco between the Corridor … Continue reading French Morocco #131 (1933)

Annam and Tonkin #1 (1888)

Annam & Tonkin #1 (1888)

Annam and Tonkin were two French protectorates comprising most of modern-day Vietnam.  The northern part was Tonkin — also spelled Tongkin, Tonquin or Tongking — known as Dàng Ngoài in Vietnamese.  The name is a corruption of Đông Kinh (東京), the name of Hanoi during the Lê Dynasty. Locally, Tonkin is known as Bắc Kỳ, meaning “Northern Region”. Located on the fertile delta of the Red River, the area … Continue reading Annam & Tonkin #1 (1888)