Portugal on stamps

This stamp is the second in a set of 12 summarising the history of Tristan da Cunha, the most remote inhabited archipelago in the world, in the South Atlantic. It is a British overseas territory. It was discovered in 1506 by a fleet commanded by Tristão da Cunha, who named the main island after himself. There was no landing due to the rough sea.

The fleet was on the way from Portugal to the east coast of Africa and India, to strengthen the military presence of the Portuguese in those areas and increase trade. After a successful expedition, Cunha was sent by King Manuel I in 1514 as an ambassador to Pope Leo X to present the new Portuguese conquests. Cunha headed a luxurious procession of 140 people and exotic wildlife that travelled by land from Lisbon to Rome. He later became a member of the king’s privy council.

The stamp was issued on 1 August 1983 and has perforation 14.

Stamp Print run Gibbons Michel Scott Yvert
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