The Shire Highlands south of Lake Nyasa and the lands west of the lake had been of interest to the British since they were first explored by David Livingstone in the 1850s, and commercial interests began moving in during the 1880s. In 1889, the Anglo-Portuguese Crisis erupted over control of the area, and Britain declared a Shire Highlands Protectorate, extending it to a Nyasaland Districts Protectorate in 1891, and renaming it British Central Africa Protectorate in 1893.
Blantyre was the economic and cultural centre of the protectorate, while Zomba in the Highlands was the governor's residence and administrative centre. The Protectorate issued postage stamps with the BCA name from 1893 until the name was changed to the Nyasaland Protectorate on 6 July 1907.
|Scott #1, Gibbons #1||1891 Rhodesia Overprinted First Issue, 1 Penny, Mint Lightly Hinged||$4.25|
|Scott #3, Gibbons #3||1891 Rhodesia Overprinted First Issue, 4 Pence. Mint Lightly Hinged||$4.50|
|Scott #5, Gibbons #23||1891 6 Pence, Mint O.G. Fine and Fresh||$6.50|
|Scott #20, Gibbons #20||1895 Surcharge Issue, One Penny Mint Lightly Hinged||$7.00|
|Scott #46, Gibbons #45||1897 4p Carmine Rose and Black Used F-VF. Squared Circle Cancel||$1.35|
|Scott #47, Gibbons #57e||1901 4p Olive Green & Violet. Used Fine, Nice dated Cancel||$6.95|
|Scott #48, Gibbons #46||1901 6p Dull Purple & Brown. Used Fine, "Blantyre" Squared Circle Cancel||$3.00|
|Scott #49, Gibbons #58||1897 6p Green & Black. Used Fine, "Blantyre" C.D.S.||$2.25|
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