Wednesday, 20 May 2015

NEVIS ( Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis)

Nevis  is a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies. Nevis and the neighbouring island of Saint Kitts constitute one country: the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Nevis is located near the northern end of the Lesser Antilles archipelago, about 350 km east-southeast of Puerto Rico and 80 km west of Antigua. Its area is 93 square kilometres (36 sq mi) and the capital is Charlestown.
Saint Kitts and Nevis are separated by a shallow 3-kilometre (2 mi) channel known as "The Narrows". Nevis is roughly conical in shape with a volcano known as Nevis Peak at its centre. The island is fringed on its western and northern coastlines by sandy beaches which are composed of a mixture of white coral sand with brown and black sand which is eroded and washed down from the volcanic rocks that make up the island. The gently-sloping coastal plain (1 km (0.62 mi) wide) has natural freshwater springs as well as non-potable volcanic hot springs, especially along the western coast.
The island was named Oualie ("Land of Beautiful Waters") by the Caribs and Dulcina ("Sweet Island") by the early British settlers. The name, Nevis, is derived from the Spanish, Nuestra Señora de las Nieves (which means Our Lady of the Snows); the name first appears on maps in the 16th century. Nevis is also known by the sobriquet "Queen of the Caribees", which it earned in the 18th century, when its sugar plantations created much wealth for the British.

Two beautiful airmail envelopes received from Nevis with new Blue UPU Barcode label. The covers sent on May 17, 2016 and I received on May 28, 2016. Thank You Nevis Postal Service for the perfect covers.

This is my third cover from Nevis. I had received another cover with similar UPU label two weeks back,but posted on same date. I was afraid of loss of cover because of its late arrival .The cover posted from Charlestown, the main post office on April 21, 2015, received on May 18, 2015. the stamps freom the series of Caribbean birds.The clear postmark enhances its beauty.

This is my first airmail cover from Nevis.It is the part of St.Kitts and Nevis, but Nevis stamps cannot use in St.Kitts and vice versa. One country but two postal administration. Their stamps are popular , every year issues thematic stamps with colorful designs. The cover posted from Charlestown, the main post office on April 21, 2015, received on May 28, 2015.

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