Thursday, April 10, 2014
EUROPA 1982 - Portugal - 150th Anniversary of the Bravos do Mindelo 3.5.1982
Maria gave me this first day cover with the impressive minisheet of EUROPA 82 stamps issued by Portugal on 3.5.1982 being the 150th Anniversary of the Historic event in Mindelo. The EUROPA theme for postage stamps in 1982 was “Historic Events”.
Mindelo is a coastal civil parish in Vila do Conde Municipality, along the Green Coast in continental Portugal. In 2001 its population was 3402, in a coastal area that included 5.74 km² (with a population density of approximately 592 citizens per kilometre square.
The village, and in particular the beaches between Mindelo and Pampelido, were important in the being the location for the landing of Liberal forces during the Liberal Wars. Under the command of Peter IV, the troops, later referred to as the Bravos do Mindelo (the Brave of Mindelo), arriving from the Azores, disembarked along the beach on 8 July 1832, before proceeding to Porto.