Thursday, 5 March 2015

CABO VERDE - República de Cabo Verde ( Former Cape Verde)

Officially the Republic of Cabo Verde, is an island country spanning an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the central Atlantic Ocean. Located 570 kilometres (350 mi) off the coast of Western Africa, the islands cover a combined area of slightly over 4,000 square kilometres (1,500 sq mi).Historically, the name "Cape Verde" has been used in English for the archipelago and, since independence in 1975, for the country. In 2013, the Cape Verdean government determined that the Portuguese designation "Cabo Verde" would henceforth be used for official purposes, such as at the United Nations, even in English contexts. The name of the country stems from the nearby Cap-Vert, on the Senegalese coast, which in its turn was originally named "Cabo Verde" when it was sighted by Portuguese explorers in 1444, a few years before the islands were discovered (verde is Portuguese for "green"). On 24 October 2013 it was announced at the United Nations that the official name should no longer be translated into other languages. Instead of "Cape Verde", the designation "Republic of Cabo Verde" is to be used.

My best friend Holger Kaufhold sent this Registered  cover from Santa Maria in Cape Verde during his vacation in January 2015. The postmark he put himself from post office to make it clear. The philatelic department is very cooperative for the customers and help them to get the best for the collection. Thank You Holger!

This is another cover sent by Holger kaufhold during his vacation in January 2015. he always try to get the opportunity to put postmark himself to make it perfect cancellation.. Thank You Holger!

The main post office building in Santa Maria Island, Cabo Verde

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