Montserratis a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. It measures approximately 16 km long and 11 km wide, with 40 kilometres of coastline. Christopher Columbus gave Montserrat its name on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after Montserrat mountain located in Catalonia, Spain. Montserrat is nicknamed the Emerald Isle of the Caribbean, both for its resemblance to coastal Ireland and for the Irish descent of its inhabitants.
Its Georgian era capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island's population were forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995. The eruption continues today on a much reduced scale, the damage being confined to the areas around Plymouth including its docking facilities and the former W.H. Bramble Airport.
Montserrate began issuing its own postage stamps in 1876. They were discontinued in 1890 and resumed in 1903 while the stamps of the Leeward Islands were used. From 1903 to 1956 both Montserrat and Leeward Island issues were valid.
|Scott #273a variety, Gibbons #MS286||1971 Air Transport Anniversary Souvenir Sheet. Mint never hinged||$11.50|
|Scott #313a variety, Gibbons #MS342||1974 Winston Churchill Souvenir Sheet. Mint never hinged||$0.75|
|Scott #369a variety, Gibbons #MS403||1977 Night Flowers Souvenir Sheet. Mint never hinged||$2.25|
|Scott #419a variety, Gibbons #MS466||1980 London '80 Stampshow Souvenir Sheet. Mint never hinged||$1.95|
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