Postcard Słupsk is a city in northern Poland near the Baltic
coast. The Town Hall in Słupsk was built in 1901, when the town was
known as Stolp, and was a part of the Prussian Province of
Pomerania within the German Empire. Słupsk was once a member of the Hanseatic League, an
alliance of trading towns located along the coast of the North and Baltic Seas.
Postcard The Hanseatic League, or Hansa, started as a northern
European trading confederation in the middle of the 13th century and continued
for some 300 years. Its network of alliances grew to 170 cities and it
protected its interests from interfering rulers and rival traders.
Warburg is a town in eastern North
Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Its origins date back to the year 1010 when it was
mentioned for the first time. In 1364, Warburg experienced its economic heyday
in joining the hanseatic association.
Göttingen is a town in Lower Saxony, Germany.
In medieval times the city was a member of the Hanseatic League. But the cities relationship with the League remained distant. As an inland
town, Göttingen enjoyed the economic connections, but it did not want to get
involved in the politics of the alliance.
Turku is Finland’s oldest city, centrally located at
the crossroads of the Baltic Sea. The city served as Finland’s gateway to the
world since the Hanseatic times.
The Hanseatic League dominated commercial activity in the
Baltic Sea in the Middle Ages. The League was founded by north German towns and
German merchant communities abroad to protect their mutual trading interests.
In the 14th century the main trade route from Finland
to the Hanseatic towns in North Germany went via Tallinn. Traders from Turku
sailed to Tallinn where they could do business with Hanseatic merchants
travelling east and west.
Bryggen, the old wharf of Bergen, is a reminder of the
town’s importance as part of the Hanseatic League’s trading empire. Around 1360
a ‘Kontor’, a foreign trading post of the Hanseatic League, was
established in Bergen.
The Hanseatic League was a commercial and
defensive confederation of merchant guilds and their market towns
that dominated trade along the coast of Northern Europe. The league dominated
commercial activity in northern Europe from the 13th to the 15th century. Up
to 200 towns and cities were members of the League.
Essaouira is a coastal city in Morocco. According
to whc.unesco.org, Essaouira is an
exceptional example of a late-18th-century fortified town, built according to
the principles of contemporary European military architecture in a North
The village of Nans Dins is located on a small island
off the west coast of the Queen Charlotte Islands (Haida Gwaii). Remains of
houses, together with carved mortuary and memorial poles, illustrate the Haida
people's art and way of life.
Grenada is the most southerly of the Windward Islands
in the Caribbean. It is one of the ten smallest countries in the world. Grenada
has a population of about 100,000 and covers an area of only 133 square miles. One
of the six smaller islands that are part of Grenada is the high pointed Sugar
Loaf Island, just offshore Levera Beach.
Grenada issued a new definitive set in 2013, all
featuring parrots. The highest value is $50 (1$ is enough postage for one
Langkawi, since 2008 officially known as Langkawi
the Jewel of Kedah is an archipelago of about 100 islands in the Andaman
Sea in northwestern Malaysia. Only two of the islands are inhabited.
As for the name of the island, Langkawi is a
combination of two words: Lang and Kawi. 'Lang' is a corrupt form of the Malay
word 'helang' which means eagle and 'Kawi' means marble. Both are found in
abundance in Langkawi. The bird on the card is a White-Bellied Sea Eagle.
island of Guam is located approximately 3,300 miles west of Hawaii, 1,500 miles
east of the Philippines and 1,500 miles South of Japan. The island is the western
most territory of the United States. As you already figured out by the looks of
the postcard, Guam is truly a tropical island paradise. The average temperature
is 85F (about 30 degrees Celsius).
Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France
in the Caribbean. The two main islands are Basse-Terre to the
west and Grande-Terre to the east. The archipelago also comprises the
smaller islands of Marie-Galante, La Désirade and the Îles des
La Désirade is a small island, only 11 km long and 2
km wide and a population of about 1,800. It is Guadeloupe’s least-developed and
least-visited island. Even the nicest beaches are nearly deserted.
The ROC code on the postmark reads 37752A. The
geographical locations are not mentioned on the postmark, only the ROC code. 37752A refers to
Pôle Caraïbes, the airport of Guadeloupe.
La Puerta del Conde (meaning The Count’s Gate) is
located in Santo Domigo, capital of the Dominican Republic. The construction of
this gate started in 1543 and is named for the Count of Peñalba, who led the
successful defense of Santo Domingo against an invading force of 13,000 British
troops in 1655.
(left) Juan Pablo Duarte Díez (1813-1876), one of
the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
(right) Manuel Simó (1916-1988), the Republic’s most
important 20th century composer.
Named for the tobacco cultivated by the original Carib
population, Tobago existed separately from Trinidad for centuries. While the
explorer Christopher Columbus sighted the island in 1498, he did not land and
no attempts were made to colonize Tobago.
In 1889, during a period of economic decline, Britain
annexed the smaller Tobago to Trinidad as an administrative ward. The islands
achieved independence from England in 1962 and became the Republic of Trinidad
and Tobago in 1976.
After discovery by Christopher Columbus in 1498 the the island remained
under Spanish rule until the end of the 18th century. The British captured it
in 1797 and in 1889, they joined the smaller Tobago to Trinidad as an
administrative ward. The islands achieved independence from England in 1962 and
became the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago in 1976.
100th anniversary of Syrian/Lebanese Presence in
Trinidad and Tobago. The stamp is part of a set of four, issued 2010.
1900’s many immigrants from greater Syria (comprising present day Iraq, Syria,
Palestine and Lebanon) escaped religious persecution and economic hardship in
their native countries. They started out as guest workers but today it is a
“Ride off in an open-air vehicle for a tour of a lush African savanna, home to exotic animals.”
Searching for information about Kilimanjaro Safaris I learned it is also an attraction at Disney's Animal Kingdom on the Walt Disney World Resort property in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. It simulates an open-sided safari ride through the savanna of East Africa.