Montserrat was formerly one
of the four presidencies of the Leeward Islands. In 1956 it became a
colony of Great Britain. The first stamp was issued in 1956 before it
became a colony, so it shows a "Map of the Presidency." The second,
stamp was issued in 1958 and shows a "Map of the Colony."
Following World War I this
German possession was mandated to the British Empire. In 1947 it
became a United Nations trusteeship, administered by Australia. In
1968 Nauru became a republic.