Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Montserrat , New Country #179

It's been a while since my last blog entry. I have been a little busy with a couple of personal things, plus Easter and the fact that there wasn't any mail delivery on Friday or Monday. Just one card to show you today. It is from Montserrat, W.I. and is new country #179 of my collection. The card was sent by Ester of The Montserrat Tourist Board. It shows hikers hiking through Montserrat's Rainforest. Thank you Ester. The stamp on the card is the $2.25 value of a set of 16 definitives issued in 2007 featuring flowers. The flower on this stamp is the Hibiscus. The card was posted from Brades on Feb. 29, 2008, another Leap year card.
Montserrat is a British overseas territory located in the Leeward Islands, part of the chain of islands called the Lesser Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Montserrat was given its name by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World in 1493, after its namesake, the Mountain of Montserrat, in Catalonia, Spain.
Montserrat's capital city of Plymouth was destroyed and two-thirds of the island's population was forced to flee abroad by an eruption of the previously dormant Soufriere Hills volcano that began on July 18, 1995. Brades, from which this postcard was mailed, is now the de facto capital of Montserrat, with Plymouth abandoned since 1997 due to the eruption of the volcano.

More tomorrow, so be sure to tune in.

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