Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Discovery of America 12.10.1963
These three stamps on the FDC are part of a eight stamp set of stamps on “Discovery of America”. A brief description of the personalities portrayed on the stamps is:
(80cts) José de Gálvez y Gallardo, marqués de Sonora (1720-1787), Spanish lawyer, and colonial official in New Spain (1764-1772) , ultimately Minister of the Indies.
(70cts) Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519), Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. He is best known for having crossed the Isthmus of Panama to the Pacific Ocean in 1513, becoming the first European to lead an expedition to have seen or reached the Pacific from the New World.
(25cts) Junípero Serra, Spanish Franciscan friar who founded a mission in Baja California and the first nine of 21 Spanish missions in California from San Diego to San Francisco. He is also depicted on the first day cover.