Thursday, March 5, 2020

Postcard from British Overseas Territory Montserrat

Montserrat is an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom. Britain abolished slavery in Montserrat and its other territories effective August 1834. From 1871 to 1958, Montserrat was administered as part of the federal crown colony of the British Leeward Islands, becoming a province of the short-lived West Indies Federation from 1958 to 1962, a after that time is a separate colony. On 18 July 1995, the previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano, in the southern part of the island, became active. Eruptions destroyed Montserrat's Georgian era capital city of Plymouth. Between 1995 and 2000, two-thirds of the island's population was forced to flee, primarily to the United Kingdom, leaving fewer than 1,200 people on the island in 1997 (rising to nearly 5,000 by 2016).

Very nice postmarks across two stamps: Left one is dedicated to 60th Birthday of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, issued on 21.4.1986, and the right one to Marilyn Monroe, part of set released on 13.6.1995.

Thank you, my friend!

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