Tuesday, August 18, 2015


Formerly Portuguese Congo, this territory had protectorate status since 1883 and was separate from Portuguese West Africa. As part of various independence movements in the 1960s a group called Front for the Liberation of the Enclave of Cabinda (FLEC) established a government-in-exile in Kinshasa. FLEC made a unilateral declaration of independence on 1 August 1975 but it was not recognised by Portugal or internationally.
In November 1975, Angolan troops of the MPLA occupied Cabinda which was annexed into the newly independent Angolan state. Angola calls the territory Cabinda Province. Since then, FLEC and other factions within Cabinda have struggled for full independence and seek to form the Republic of Cabinda.
Various organizations have issued stamps for Cabinda (widely regarded as cinderellas). These include:

  • The Cabinda National Philatelic Bureau, which issued a set of eleven overprints on Angolan stamps, all with a denomination of 500 Central African francs, with designs showing fauna and mushrooms on 27 October 2006. These stamps have seen some use as paquebot mail in theCarribean.
  • The Federation of Free States of Africa, which issued thirty one designs showing the coat of arms and flag as well as ships, fauna, planes, natives and a map of Africa from 2010 to 2012.
  • Other stamps and miniature sheets for thematic collectors appeared on eBay, Delcampe and other websites from sellers in Belarus, France, Israel and the United States.

1 comment :

Anonymous said...

Caveat emptor on any others than the first Cabinda overprint issue.