The Spanish Group consists of countries or territories existing at present or
no longer existing as separate stamp issuing entities. All the listed headings
were at one time or still are under Spanish influence history wise and/or
politicalwise. Most of them were overseas colonies. The Spanish were among
the greatest navigators in the world and were among the first to establish
overseas colonies in South America. The wealth of the New World (whose gold was
brought back to Spain by the Spanish Armada) was sufficient to make Spain the
greatest European Power of the time. Spain lost its last overseas colonies -
Philippines, Puerto Rico and Cuba - as a result of the Spanish-American War in
1897. Its African colonies of Spanish Guinea, Spanish Sahara and Spanish Morocco
were lost to Spain in the 1960`s. Today Spain has no colonies, however its
influence in most of South and Central America still prevails, language wise
and culture wise.
Facts unique to the Spanish Group:
- Up to the 1920`s the group with the smallest stamps in size.
Countries or territories in which the Spanish influence was only for a short
period of time or limited, appear under following headings:
Spanish Post Offices in...
Spanish Dominion in...
SPANISH WEST INDIES
Common types of inscriptions or overprints in the Spanish Group:
CORREOS Y TELEG
IMPUESTO DE GUERRA