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jm1858

Colony of Jamaica (British stamps)

1858

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The island became an imperial colony in 1509 when Spain conquered the Indigenous Arawak people. In 1655, British forces took the island with hardly a fight, and the British Empire claimed it. Jamaica was an English colony from 1655, and a British Colony from 1707. Jamaica became a Crown colony in 1866.

The population in 1834 was 371,070. This period was marked by an economic slump, with many Jamaicans living in poverty. Dissatisfaction with this, and continued racial discrimination and marginalisation of the black majority, led to the outbreak of the Morant Bay rebellion in 1865 led by Paul Bogle, which was put down by Governor John Eyre with such brutality that he was recalled from his position.

Jamaica was the first British colony to establish a post office: in 1671 shortly after British possession of the island was confirmed.
British stamps were used from 8 May 1858 in Kingston and from November 1858 at other offices. Normal British stamps were used in Jamaica, only visible in used stamps by the cancel.

1858

1858001
have:
1858001: - British stamps cancelled A01 Kingston specific cancel
1858036
have:
1858036: - British stamps cancelled A36 Dry Harbour specific cancel
1858039
have:
1858039: - British stamps cancelled A39 Falmouth specific cancel
1858040
have:
1858040: - British stamps cancelled A40 Flint River specific cancel
1858041
have:
1858041: - British stamps cancelled A41 Gayle specific cancel
1858042
have:
1858042: - British stamps cancelled A42 Golden Spring specific cancel
1858044
have:
1858044: - British stamps cancelled A44 Goshen specific cancel
1858047
have:
1858047: - British stamps cancelled A47 Highgate specific cancel
1858049
have:
1858049: - British stamps cancelled A49 Lilliput specific cancel
1858052
have:
1858052: - British stamps cancelled A52 Manchioneal specific cancel
1858053
have:
1858053: - British stamps cancelled A53 Mandeville specific cancel
1858055
have:
1858055: - British stamps cancelled A55 Mile Gully specific cancel
1858057
have:
1858057: - British stamps cancelled A57 Montego Bay specific cancel
1858059
have:
1858059: - British stamps cancelled A59 Morant Bay specific cancel
1858060
have:
1858060: - British stamps cancelled A60 Ocho Rios specific cancel
1858062
have:
1858062: - British stamps cancelled A62 Plantain Garden River specific cancel
1858064
have:
1858064: - British stamps cancelled A64 Port Antonio specific cancel
1858065
have:
1858065: - British stamps cancelled A65 Port Morant specific cancel
1858066
have:
1858066: - British stamps cancelled A66 Port Maria specific cancel
1858070
have:
1858070: - British stamps cancelled A70 Rio Bueno specific cancel
1858071
have:
1858071: - British stamps cancelled A71 Rodney Hall specific cancel
1858073
have:
1858073: - British stamps cancelled A73 St. Ann's Bay specific cancel




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