Zil Elwannyen Sesel #25 (1981)

Zil Elwannyen Sesel is the local Seychellois Creole name for the Outer Islands — a collective term for those islands of the Seychelles that are not on the shallow Seychelles Bank (Seychelles Plateau) which defines the location of the granitic Inner Islands archipelago to the east. The French name for these islands is Îles Eloignées. They are are located at distances of 143 to 715 … Continue reading Zil Elwannyen Sesel #25 (1981)

The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

On February 10, 1840, Her Majesty Alexandrina Victoria — Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland — married her first cousin, Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel — Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They were each 20 years old at the time with Queen Victoria three months older than Prince Albert. For her wedding — held at St. James’s Palace in the City of Westminster — Victoria … Continue reading The Marriage of Victoria and Albert

Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

On January 25, 1765, Port Egmont — the first British settlement in the Falkland Islands at the southern tip of South America — was founded. Called Puerto de la Cruzada in Spanish and Poil de la Croisade in French, Port Egmont  was located on Saunders Island and was named after the Earl of Egmont. Unaware of the French presence at Port Louis, British Commodore John Byron led an … Continue reading Port Egmont, Falkland Islands

Ottawa, the Capital of Canada

On New Year’s Eve 1857, Queen Victoria selected the location for the permanent capital of the Province of Canada. This turned out to be the small frontier town of Ottawa which had been founded in 1826 as Bytown, and incorporated as Ottawa in 1855. Its choice as capital came about for two main reasons: The town’s isolated location in a back country surrounded by dense … Continue reading Ottawa, the Capital of Canada

The Accession of Queen Victoria

On June 20, 1837, King William IV of the United Kingdom died at the age of 71 and Victoria began her nearly 64-year reign as queen. She had turned 18 years old less than a month before. Born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, she was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until her death on January 22, 1901. From May 1, … Continue reading The Accession of Queen Victoria

Queensland #67 (1882)

Queensland #67 (1882)

The Colony of Queensland was originally a part of New South Wales until Queen Victoria signed Letters Patent on June 6, 1859, separating the two colonies. Queensland was one of the six colonies which became the founding states of Australia with federation on January 1, 1901. Today, it is the second-largest and third-most-populous state in the Commonwealth of Australia. Situated in the north-east of the country, Queensland … Continue reading Queensland #67 (1882)

Prince Edward Island #4 (1862) - forgery

Prince Edward Island #4 (1862)

Prince Edward Island (PEI, Île-du-Prince-Édouard in French) is located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, west of Cape Breton Island, north of the Nova Scotia peninsula, and east of New Brunswick. Its southern shore bounds the Northumberland Strait. It is a province of Canada consisting of the island of the same name, as well as 231 minor islands. Altogether, the entire province has a land area … Continue reading Prince Edward Island #4 (1862)

Natal #51 (1874)

Natal #51 (1874)

The Colony of Natal was a British colony in south-eastern Africa. It was proclaimed a British colony on May 4. 1843, after the British government had annexed the Boer Republic of Natalia, and on May 31, 1910, combined with three other colonies to form the Union of South Africa, as one of its provinces. It is now the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. It was originally … Continue reading Natal #51 (1874)