of the cover bears an imprinted registry
stamp and as I am not a specialist in this area and only
maintain a copy of the Classic Specialized World Stamps 1840-1940;
I could not identify the registry stamp.
The Federal Republic of
Nigeria is located on the west
coast of Africa and is bounded by Benin,
Niger and Cameroon.
It has an area of 356 thousand square miles
and is the most populous
country in Africa. Native languages
spoken include Yoruba, Igbo,
and Tiv. The country is named
for its largest river; the Niger.
known culture in Nigeria was
that of the Nok, which flourished
during the Iron Age between 500 BC and 200
AD. (the Nok culture was
named after the village in which their artifacts were found.)
During the 17th and 18th centuries
the cities of the Gold Coast of
which Nigeria was a part had become the principal
Slave Trading Outposts for Western Africa.
On January 1, 1914
the Protectorate of Northern Nigeria
and Southern Nigeria (formerly
the Niger Coast Protectorate) were united
by the British to form the Colony and
Protectorate of Nigeria.
was granted on October
1, 1960 and in 1963
Nigeria officially became a republic.
A military coup in 1983
ended the that attempt at democracy, however a new
constitution was adopted in 1999
and the first civilian government in 16 years was formed. Free
elections were held in 2003.
Nigeria's major resources
include large reserves of oil.
Port Harcourt was
founded by the British in 1912.
It is named after Lewis
Viscount Harcourt who was Secretary
of State for the British Colonies. The city is located
in the Niger Delta. The port
was originally founded for
the export of coal, which was
bought from the interior down the Bonny
River on which the port sits. Today the city is an industrial
and commercial center and is the headquarters
of the Nigerian Petroleum Industry.