1st December 1886
and Inini, 7th April 1932
see also British Guiana
|French colonies||10, 10a|
|5 centimes on 2c green, greenish||I||1||1||imperf|
|5c on 2c green, greenish||II||1||2||-do-|
|5c on 2c green, greenish||III||1a||3||perf 14x13½|
|5c on 2c brown, buff||II||2||4||-do-|
|5c on 2c brown, buff||III||2a||5||-do-|
† Gibbons  identifies three varieties of surcharge: I. 10½mm high, II. 12½mm high and III. 12½ with a missing "f" in the denomination. Scott  mentions the heights but does not number them separately and adds a suffix for the "f"
The land north of Brazil was colonised by the British (see British Guiana), the French and the Dutch (see Suriname). French Guiana began issuing stamps in 1886 with surcharges and later overprints of the general French colonial issues followed by dedicated colonial keytypes in 1892. It became an overseas department of France in 1946 and has used ordinary French stamps since 1948.