Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sunday Stamps II - A-Z 'T' USA and Great Britain again,

At school many years ago I studied American history but only the War of Independence. So in checking my stamps for today I never knew that Texas was once a part of Mexico and even existed for a short while as the independent Republic of Texas. It was only in 1845 that Congress approved it to become a member of the United States.

USA Texas State Centennial - 29 October 1945
Flags of USA and Texas
During the American Revolution a group of Green Mountain Boys lead by Ethan Allen  and Colonel Benedict Arnold captured Fort Ticonderoga in 1775 from the British. A commemorative stamp was  issued ii 1955.

Map of Fort Ticonderoga, Ethan Allen and Artillery - 18 September 1955
But when it comes to historic buildings Great Britain has - 

Great Britain - 1 March 1978
The Tower of London 
The White Tower was built by William the Conqueror in 1078.

Even older is the discovery made by Howard Carter in 1992 in the Valley of the Kings.

Great Britain - 26 April 1972
Statue of Tutankhamun
For other 'T' stamps visit Sunday-stamps-t. where there will be others to admire.


Ana said...

I feel so ignorant, by not knowing that Texas used to be part of Mexico, or even an independent state. My enlightenment of the day.

The Tower of London makes a nice stamp.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - American history is something I know little about and particularly the borders and conflicts on the southern area, and in the north along Canada ... let alone the indigenous areas ... and the west. I am similarly lacking in knowledge about how Europe came about - yes lots to learn ... cheers Hilary

Joy said...

Never expected to see a star fort on an American stamp, how interesting.

Eva A. said...

I like the variety this week!

violet s said...

I knew Texas used to be part of Mexico, but I did not know about Ethan Allen (known only as an expensive furniture store to me). Fort Ticonderoga looks interesting.

Bob Scotney said...

I hang my head it shame that I got the Republic of Texas wrong in the original post.

Pat Tillett said...

You went around the world with this group. Very interesting.
There were some brutal battles between the "Texans" and Mexico relating to the eventual independence. Some very interesting characters also.

FinnBadger said...

Loving the Tower of London stamp.