Issued in 1896 the stamps are entitled Apoteosis de Miranda,
which means "The Deification of Miranda." The Miranda in question is
Sebastián Francisco de Miranda y Rodríguez, a Venezuelan who led
Spanish soldier aiding the Americans in the Revolutionary War. and
supported Venezuela's claims in the Guianas.
In 1899 the United States
Venezuelan Boundary Commission fixed the boundary to include most of
the territory up to the "Expanded Schomburgh" line claimed by Great
Britain, but disallowed her claims to most of the coastal territory
she claimed. The purpose of the issue was to bring the new United
States to the side of the Venezuelans against the American's former
enemy, Great Britain.
In an article in Philatelic Gossip Charles
Sidney Thompson provided an enlarged image of the stamp with the
boundaries identified in English to clarify the various lines on the
stamp. The "x" line is the decision of the Commission.