Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Europa 1992 - 500 Years of the discovery of America 11.5.1992

The theme chosen by the European Postal and Telecommunications Organisation (CEPT) for Europa 92 was "500 years since the discovery of America". Complete details of this theme are given in my post dated 14.9.2011, where I had described in fair amount of detail about 500 years since the discovery of America on Europa stamps issued by Cyprus.
Here, the FDC shown has stamps issued by Finland on the same theme on 8.5.1992. The stamps are both priced 2.10. The one on the left shows the Flag Ship Santa Maria with a map of the American end of the journey in the back ground. The stamp on the right shows a map with the European part of the voyage and a sketch of Columbus.
Christopher Columbus was an Italian who sailed under the Spanish Flag. He persevered in his quest to obtain backing for an expedition to sail a small fleet of ships to search for a sea route to the Indies. In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain finally give Christopher Columbus the money and ships for his expedition. The names of the 1497 Christopher Columbus Ships were the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria. The brave men of the 1400's and 1500's, like Christopher Columbus, who sailed in uncharted waters to unknown lands were courageous adventurers who were motivated by fame, glory and the wealth. The living conditions on board the small ships were basic and the voyages were dangerous. My dear friend Pia gave me this FDC.

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