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Azores - Europa 2020 - Ancient Postal Routes - Set

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  • 25.05.2020
  • Hélder Soares
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  • 40 x 30,6 mm
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About Azores - Europa 2020 - Ancient Postal Routes

The Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira had their own specific post transportation problems. The use of maritime transport to send correspondence to the islands had been previewed by old official charters pre-dating the creation of the first master of the Posts. However, it was only in 1821 that King João VI offically created the maritime postal service for the Azores and Madeira. In the interior of the various islands, the circulation of letters and parcels was ensured by private or municipal services that hired couriers or muleteers, as was the case on Portugal mainland. Due to the very uneven terrain and the lack of roads, a boat was often used as the simplest way to move around the islands.

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