Monday, August 1, 2016

Cote D'Ivoire: 1986

President Felix Houphouet-Boigny
A freshwater fish native to Ivory Coast and other parts of Africa

Cote D'Ivoire is French for Ivory Coast.

Yes, this country in the west coast of Africa is a former French colony.

It's a little larger than the land area of the Philippines but its population is much less -- about one-fifth.

The first stamp issue came out in 1892. In 1945, however, it began using the stamps of French West Africa after becoming a part of this federation. As a republic, it started issuing its own stamps in 1959, although it became a republic in 1958 and gained full independence from France later in 1960.

Felix Houphouet-Boigny (1908-1993) was the first president of Ivory Coast from 1960 to 1993.

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