Islands of Amsterdam and Saint Paul Stamps
The new TAAF stamp tells the linked stories of the islands of Saint Paul and Amsterdam. Indeed, the island of St. Paul as well as the island of Amsterdam are located to the south of the road between Cape Town (South Africa) and the Sunda Islands (South East Asia), between Europe and India. The island of St. Paul was recognized for the first time by Gysaerths, a Portuguese navigator, in 1559. The island of Amsterdam was firstly mentioned in the journal of the Magellan\’s expedition in March 18, 1522. In 1892, the French frigate La Bourdonnais repossessed the two islands, which was confirmed by the passage of another French warship L\’Eure, backing from Kerguelen in 1893. A decree of the French Government from November 21, 1924 attributed the islands Crozet, Kerguelen, Amsterdam and Saint-Paul to the district of \”scattered islands.\” Then, in 1955, they became a district of French Southern and Antarctic Lands (TAAF) and formed a new French Overseas Territory (TOM).
Eaton\’s Pintail stamps represent the fauna of French Southern and Antarctic Lands this year.Eaton\’s pintail (Anas eatoni) is the only endemic duck of French Southern and Antarctic Lands. Hunted until recently, it is now protected, like all birds of TAAF. Its total population is estimated at about 10,000 couples. Its plumage, where the brown colour dominates, is very variable according to sex, season and individuals. The female is slightly smaller and less colorful than the male. Their neck is long and thin, the tail is pointed. The female lays from 3 to 6 eggs which she incubates alone. The nestling becomes independent one month after hatching.
Mawson\’s Huts is the name of the main base camp of the expedition led by Aurora geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson. The Aurora expedition took place in Antarctica between 1911 and 1914. This camp is located at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay to the east from the Australian Antarctic Territory. Mawson\’s Huts are one of the few sites still existing from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.
The Chevalier de Tromelin
The crew left the 60 slaves on the island and returned to Madagascar in a makeshift boat, promising to come and take them away. However, only fifteen years later, on 29 November 1776, the Chevalier de Tromelin recovered eight survived slaves: seven women and a child of eight months. The French flag was planted on the island which was named Tromelin in honor of this chevalier.
JacquesMarie Boudin de Lanneguy de Tromelin, born in 1751 and died in 1798, saved the slaves aboard the corvette La Dauphine.