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 Haiti 475    

     The map of Tortuga has the appearance of a portolan chart, with a network of lines radiating from the wind rose, but there is no indication of what portolan it might be. The name of the island, Tortuga, means “turtle,” based on the shape of the island. There are unspecified yellow or gold edges along parts of the island and the mainland.

SCN 475

    The stamp is the low value of a set of five stamps issued in 1961 to encourage tourism by exploiting the connection of the island with French buccaneers. The other stamps in the set all feature pirates.

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