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.
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.