Charles Darwin on stamp and postmark of Paraguay
, officially the Republic of Paraguay, is a landlocked country in central South America,
to the south and southwest,
to the east and northeast, and
to the northwest.
Paraguay lies on both banks of the Paraguay River, which runs through the center of the
country from north to south.
The indigenous Guaraní had been living in Paraguay for at least a millennium before the Spanish
conquered the territory in the 16th century.
Spanish settlers and Jesuit missions introduced Christianity and Spanish culture to the region.
Paraguay was a peripheral colony of the Spanish Empire, with few urban centers and settlers.
Following independence from
in 1811, Paraguay was ruled by a series of dictators who generally
implemented isolationist and protectionist policies.
Paraguay's population was estimated to be at around 6.5 million, most
of whom are concentrated in the southeast region of the country.
The capital and largest city is Asunción, of which the metropolitan area is
home to nearly a third of Paraguay's population.
The republic of Paraguay issued its first stamps on 1 August 1870,
featuring a standing lion raising a republican hat, lithographed by R. Lange (Buenos Aires).
Official stamps of Paraguay related to Paleontology: Charles Darwin
|26.05.2010 "200th anniversary of Charles Darwin"
Commemorative postmarks of Paraguay related to Paleontology: Charles Darwin
Legend is here
|26.05.2010 "200th anniversary of Charles Darwin" [FDC]
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his valuable comments.