Brazil #O17 (1913)

Brazil #O17 (1913)

The Federative Republic of Brazil (República Federativa do Brasil in Portuguese) is the largest country in both South America and Latin America, as well as the world’s fifth-largest country by both area and population It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language, and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of … Continue reading Brazil #O17 (1913)

Azores #315a (1980)

The Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores), is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 850 miles (1,360 kilometers) west of continental Portugal.  The nine major Azorean islands and an islet cluster, are in three main groups: Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in … Continue reading Azores #315a (1980)

Angra #2 (1892)

Angra #2 (1892)

Angra or, to use it’s full name, Angra do Heroísmo, is a city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese Autonomous Region of the Azores (Região Autónoma dos Açores).  The town was established in the latter half of the 15th century.  Angra is the Portuguese word for “inlet”, “cove”, or “bay”.  The epithet do Heroísmo (“of Heroism”, “the Heroic”) was granted to the city by Maria … Continue reading Angra #2 (1892)

Angola #370 (1953)

Angola #370 (1953)

The seventh largest country in Africa, Angola is located in southwestern Africa between Zaire and Namibia.  The largest city and capital is Luanda.  Portuguese colonization began in the 16th century and was for centuries limited to coastal settlements and trading posts.  In the 19th century, European settlers slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior.  As an overseas territory, Angola was a part of the … Continue reading Angola #370 (1953)