The Kingdom of Georgia was
united under King Bagrat Bagrationi in 975. The Bagrationi dynasty
ruled the country until it was annexed by the Russian Empire at the
beginning of the nineteenth century. Following the Russian Revolution
it became the Soviet Socialist Republic of Georgia. In 1989 the
country regained it independence.
Prince Vakhusti Bagrationi (1696-1768) was a geographer
and historian during the eighteenth century in Georgia. He published
several works: Description of the Georgian Kingdom,
Geography of Georgia, and a History of the Georgian Kings.
The stamp showing a portrait of Bagrationi and his map
of the Caucasus, published in 1745, was issued in 1997 to commemorate
the 300th anniversary of his birth.