The map shows a map of the
southern part of Nicaragua. The stamp was issued in 1897. The proposed
route for the interoceanic canal can be plotted on the map. Beginning
on the left side of the map about half way up the narrow land arm
between the Ocean and Lake Nicaragua a canal would be cut. Once in
Lake Nicaragua ships would sail across the south end of the lake to
the San Juan River and then down the River to the Caribbean. An early
version of the coat of arms of Nicaragua appears in the upper left
corner. The 5 mountains are volcanoes and represent the 5 Central
American countries. A Phrygian cap symbolizing freedom surmounts a
The set of stamps was issued four times in 1896 and
1897. They differ in the type of paper, and in watermark.
This stamp was issued in
1961 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Rigoberto Cabezas, a
journalist, who made possible the acquisition of the Mosquita by
Nicaragua in 1896.