Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Cover and Stamps from Portugal

On Saturday I got not only a postcard but also a cover from Portugal.

Portugal and World War I (from set of three) (issued 30-06-2017)
150th anniversary of the Abolition of the Death Penalty (from set of two) (issued 01-07-2017)
EUROMED - Trees of the Mediterranean (from set of four) (issued 10-07-2017)

Inside were the complete sets of the three stamps on the envelope.

At the beginning of World War I Portugal remained officially neutral, but already shortly after there were hostile engagements between Portugal and the German Empire due to the German campaign in Angola and the submarine warfare which sought to blockade the United Kingdom, the most important market for Portuguese products. On 9th March 1916 the German Empire declared war on Portugal followed by Portugal's reciprocal declaration. Around 12000 Portuguese troops died during World War I. After the war the German Empire was forced to cede the port of Kionga to Portugal.

In 1867 Portugal was the first country that abolished the death penalty. The Charter of Law of Abolition of the Death Penalty got the European Heritage Label in 2014.

The trees shown on the stamps are the Cork Oak, the Iberian Pear, the Strawberry Tree and the Olive Tree.

Thank You very much José!


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