Paleontology related stamps (dinosaurs, prehistoric animals, human evolution, paleontologist Carlos de la Torre, Charles Darwin)
Cuba, officially the Republic of Cuba, is a sovereign state comprising the island of Cuba as well as Isla de la Juventud and several minor archipelagos. Cuba is located in the northern Caribbean where the Caribbean Sea, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean meet. It is south of Florida and the Bahamas, west of Haiti and north of Jamaica. Havana is the largest city and capital; other major cities include Santiago de Cuba and Camagüey. Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean with over 11 million inhabitants.
From the 15th century, it was a colony of Spain until the Spanish–American War of 1898, when Cuba was occupied by the United States and gained nominal independence as a de facto United States protectorate in 1902. As a fragile republic, in 1940 Cuba attempted to strengthen its democratic system, but mounting political radicalization and social strife culminated in a coup and subsequent dictatorship under Fulgencio Batista in 1952. Open corruption and oppression under Batista's rule led to his ousting in January 1959 by the 26th of July Movement, which afterwards established communist rule under the leadership of Fidel Castro. Since 1965, the state has been governed by the Communist Party of Cuba. The country was a point of contention during the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, and a nuclear war nearly broke out during the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.
The Cuban government has been accused of numerous human rights abuses including torture, arbitrary imprisonment, unfair trials, and extra judicial executions (also known as "El Paredón"). Human Rights Watch has stated that the government "represses nearly all forms of political dissent" and that "Cubans are systematically denied basic rights to free expression, association, assembly, privacy, movement, and due process of law"
The United States currently imposes a commercial, economic, and financial embargo against Cuba. The United States first imposed an embargo on the sale of arms to Cuba on March 14, 1958, during the Fulgencio Batista regime. Again on October 19, 1960 (almost two years after the Cuban Revolution had led to the deposition of the Batista regime) the U.S. placed an embargo on exports to Cuba except for food and medicine after Cuba nationalized American-owned Cuban oil refineries without compensation. On February 7, 1962 the embargo was extended to include almost all exports. [R1]
The first stamps of Cuba were issues for the Spanish West Indies, for use in both Cuba and Puerto Rico, issued in April, 1855. Cuba had separate stamps from 1873. [R2]
The first Paleontology related stamps of Cuba issued in 1958 "100 anniversary Carlos de la Torre" that shows not only a portrait of the famous biologist and paleontologist but also some fossils. Since 1982 Cuba issue some pictorial stamp sets with dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. Since 2005 it is usually a set of 5-6 stamp and a block. Due to USA embargo Cuba's post authority use very old equipment to produce their stamps that leads to many design errors such as image and perforation shift, as well as some color variations, as shown on some examples below:
Official stamps of Cuba related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, human evolution, paleontologists, Charles Darwin
Post stationery of Cuba related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology
There are no post stationery of Cuba with imprinted dinosaur of prehistoric animal stamp on it. However there are some postcards with sculptures of dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals of "Prehistory Valley", Baconao Park , mostly without any stamp on the reverse side. Some others have regular stamp of Cuba at domestic postcard rate on the back.
Commemorative postmarks of Cuba related to Paleontology and Paleoanthropology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, early humans, Charles Darwin.
Legend is below
[FDC] - Post Marks used on FDC of official stamp
[PM] - Permanent postmark: available for a long period of time
[Sp] - Special postmark: issued for special event and was available for short period of time
[N] - new design of early introduced postmarks
[C1] Flint knife from Paleolit times:
[R1] More information about Cuba is on Wikipedia WikiTravel Flag Country
[R2] More information about postal history of Cuba on Wikipedia
Links to Cuba's post authority and stamps catalog websites are here
Latest update 14.02.2019
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