December 8, 2016

2893 HONDURAS - Sunrise in Roatán

Roatán (formerly known as Ruatan and Rattan) is an island in the Caribbean, the largest of the Bay Islands of Honduras, located between Útila and Guanaja. It is approximately 77km long, and less than 8km across at its widest point. The island rests on an exposed ancient coral reef, rising to about 270m above sea level. Most habitation is in the western half of the island. The most populous town is Coxen Hole, located in the southwest. The easternmost quarter of the island is separated by a channel through the mangroves that is 15m wide on average.

Located near the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, the largest barrier reef in the Caribbean Sea (second largest worldwide after Australia's Great Barrier Reef), Roatán has become an important cruise ship, scuba diving and eco-tourism destination in Honduras. Tourism is its most important economic sector, though fishing is also an important source of income for islanders. In 1998, Roatán suffered some damage from Hurricane Mitch, temporarily paralysing most commercial activity. The storm also broke up the popular dive-wrecks Aguila and Odyssey.

About the stamps

The first stamp is part of the series Football World Cup - South Africa, issued on May 27, 2010. The 2010 FIFA World Cup was the 19th FIFA World Cup, and took place in South Africa from 11 June to 11 July 2010.
• Honduras-Chile (3.00 HNL) - It's on the postcard 2893
• Honduras-Switzerland (5.00 HNL)
• Honduras-Spain (14.00 HNL)

The second stamp is one of the two of the series America 1997 - Postal Service, issued on June 1, 1998.

The third stamp is part of the series The 500th Anniversary of the Birth of Queen Isabella I of Spain (issued on October 11, 1952), overprinted on December 8, 1953 with "Enabled 1953" and surcharged values. Isabella I (1451-1504) was Queen of Castile. She was married to Ferdinand II of Aragon. Their marriage became the basis for the political unification of Spain under their grandson, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Isabella and Ferdinand are known for completing the Reconquista, and for supporting and financing Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage that led to the opening of the New World and to the establishment of Spain as the first global power.
• purple rose/olive (0.10/1 L/C)
• purple rose/olive (0.12/1 L/C)
• brown/bluish violet (0.15/2 L/C)
• brown/bluish violet (0.20/2 L/C)
• brown/bluish violet (0.24/2 L/C) - It's on the postcard 2893
• brown/bluish violet (0.25/2 L/C)
• carmine/black (0.30/8 L/C)
• carmine/black (0.35 L/C)
• carmine/black (0.50/8 L/C)
• carmine/black (0.60/8 L/C)
• dark green/dark brown (1 L)
• blue/reddish brown (2 L)
• reddish orange/black (5 L)

The fourth stamp was issued to celebrate Transfer of military structure to civilian power - second anniversary of government.

The fifth stamp was issued to celebrate the Second Anniversary of the Consultative Group Meeting at Stockholm, Sweden.

The sixth stamp is part of the series The 100th Anniversary of U.P.U. Membership, issued on February 2, 1980.
• 0.24 HNL - It's on the postcard 2893
• 3.00 HNL

The seventh stamps is part of the series First Man on the Moon - Apollo 11, issued on November 29, 1969. On July 17, 1970 it was renamed Safe Return of Apollo 13, and on all the stamps was overprinted the words "Admiracion al Rescate del Apolo XIII, James A. Lovell, Fred W. Haise Jr., John L. Swigert Jr." Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. Mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later. Despite great hardship, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17.

The eigth stamp was issued to mark the inauguration of the Zamorano Pan-American Agricultural School, a private, coeducational university located in the valley of the Yeguare river. The school was founded in 1941 by Samuel Zemurray (1877–1961) a Russian born American and president of the United Fruit Company.

The last stamp is part of the series The 100th Anniversary of the Death of General Francisco Morazan, issued on September 15, 1942. Francisco Morazán (1792-1842) was a Honduran politician who was president of the Federal Republic of Central America from 1830 to 1839. Before he was president of Central America he was head of state of Honduras. He rose to prominence at the legendary Battle of La Trinidad on November 11, 1827. Since then, and until his execution in 1842, Morazán dominated the political and military scene of Central America.
• reddish orange (0.02 HNL) - It's on the postcard 2893
• bluish green (0.05 HNL)
• sepia (0.08 HNL)
• black (0.14 HNL)
• greyish olive (0.16 HNL)
• light blue (0.21 HNL)
• ultramarine (1.00 HNL)
• olive brown (2.00 HNL)

The stamp from the front of the postcard is part of the series Conservation of Wildlife, issued on June 2014.

Roatán - Wikipedia

Sender: Eric Zoet
Sent from Santa Rosa de Copán (Honduras), on 01.11.2016

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