Key: 2860  
Country:
Group: French
Volume: 27
Issued: 126 Stamps / dead country
  
  
 

Information
Area - 4,718,379 sq.km; Capital - Dakar
A former territory in northwest Africa comprising the following former colonies of FRANCE:
DAHOMEY, FRENCH GUINEA, FRENCH SUDAN, IVORY COAST, MAURITANIA, NIGER,
SENEGAL and UPPER VOLTA. Beginning in 1895 these colonies joined into French West
Africa, which was established that year, using at first stamps with their own
name and then also stamps with the addition of 'Afrique Occidentale Francaise'.
From 1944 until 1958 only stamps of French West Africa were in use for the above
colonies. In 1959 French West Africa ceased to exist as one unit, however the
stamps were valid until 1962. In 1958 French Guinea was the first of these to
gain independence, followed by the gradual independence of the others, except
for Senegal and French Sudan who conjoined to form the MALI Federation in 1960.
Stamp issuing between 1944-1959.
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Inscriptions
AFRIQUE OCCIDENTALE FRANCAISE
AF. OCC. le FRANCAISE
A O F overprinted on stamp of France

Index
FRENCH WEST AFRICA
      Official Stamps
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Currency
100 Centimes = 1 Franc
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Related Countries

FRANCE
France

DAHOMEY
Dahomey

GUINEA
Guinea

FRENCH SUDAN
French Sudan

IVORY COAST
Ivory Coast

MAURITANIA
Mauritania

NIGER
Niger

SENEGAL
Senegal

UPPER VOLTA
Upper Volta

MALI
Mali