The West Indies seemed to be the natural place for me to go this week, starting with the short lived political union that existed from 3 January 1958 to 31 May 1962. Ten British West Indian territories with Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados as the principal members and many of the Leeward and Windward Islands became -
|The West Indies Federation|
This stamp, issued 22 April 1958, shows their location. It was accompanied by two others of the same design - a 3c green and a 6c blue.
The seat of government for the Federation was in Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago, where
|Trinidad & Tobago - 12 September 1960|
Whitehall was used for the Federation offices.
Built in 1904 by Joseph Leon Agostini, a cocoa planter, it later became the office of the first prime minister of Trinidad & Tobago after independence and was occupied by prime ministers of the Republic of Trinidad & Tobago until 2009.
A Royal Visit made to Jamaica in 1966 is recorded by the overprint on this stamp issued on 3 March.
|Jamaica - Palisades International Airport|
The airport, renamed Norman Manley Airport in 2011, serves Kingston - the capital of Jamaica.
For other stamps from the western hemisphere check out the links at Sunday-Stamps-II-113.