Wednesday, 21 June 2017

MAURITIUS - République de Maurice / Republik Moris

The Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometres (1,200 mi) off the southeast coast of the African continent. The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometres (350 mi) east), and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Brandon and two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (172 km (107 mi) southwest) form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2. The capital and largest city is Port Louis.
The island of Mauritius was visited during the medieval period by the Arabs and then by the Portuguese, who named it Dina Arobi and Cirne, respectively. The island was uninhabited until the Dutch Republic established a colony in 1638, with the Dutch naming the island after Prince Maurice van Nassau. The Dutch colony was abandoned in 1710, and, five years later, the island became a French colony and was named Isle de France. Due to its strategic position, Mauritius was known as the "star and key" of the Indian Ocean.

These beautiful covers sent by Preetham from Port Louis post office,  Mauritius. The covers posted on June 02, 2017 and I received them on June 06, 2017. I had requested for sending back the envelopes as registered mail with Blue UPU barcode label, which is my favorite . But I was unaware about Mauritius had stopped using the use of such labels and started self generating own barcode labels. But the bureau staff Preetham sent requests to a number of post offices to get some of such labels, which were already exhausted from most of the post offices. luckily from a remote rural post office, she could find two labels, and it used on my envelopes in a perfect way and sent back to me with clear postmarks. I specially express my gratitude and appreciate for the sincerity of the philatelic bureau towards my humble request. Thank You Preetham for the big effort taken for me to get perfect covers from Mauritius.

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