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Gabon

31st July 1886

- Independence

French Colony 9

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Description   Scott SG Mi Y&T  
5 centimes on 20c red / green   1 1      
10c on 20c red / green   2 2      
25c on 20c red / green   3 3      
50c on 15c blue / pale blue   4 4      
75c on 15c blue / pale blue   5 5      

France had established a presence in the area from the 1840s onwards as it tried to limit the slave trade. By 1886 its sphere of influence had grown to the extent that an ambassador was appointed.

From December 1888 until July 1904, Gabon became part of French Congo, but from 1904 issued its own stamps again. In 1910 Gabon joined French Equatorial Africa, but continued to issue stamps until 1936.


Gabon

28th November 1959

Africa 16

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1959 Sc148 SG161

Gabon became an autonomous republic on 28th November 1958 and declared independence on 17th August 1960.