Philatelic Aspects of Ascension

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The Portuguese navigator Juan da Nova first discovered the island in 1501, and named it "Conception", but then neglected to tell anybody about it. In 1503 his fellow countryman Alphonse d'Albuquerque was exploring in the area and, not being aware of da Nova's visit, named it "Ascension Island" after the day on which he landed, and that is the name by which it has been known ever since.

The stamps shown are from the 1979 issue commemorating Ascension Day, now a public holiday with a fair held each year on the nearest Saturday. The photograph depicts the book stall at the 1999 Ascension Day Fair, held on the Square, Georgetown, on the 22nd of May.


Copyright © 2000, Neil MacFall
Created by Stephen C Fowler
Last revised on the 2nd of July 2000