Bougainville's Circumnavigation

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     A three-stamp set was issued by the New Hebrides in 1968 to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of Louis-Antoine de Bougainville’s (1729-1811) circumnavigation (1766-1769).

SCN 127

SCN 129

    The low value has a two-hemisphere map with the route of his circumnavigation, and the “Bougainville Strait" highlighted. Also a globe. The middle value has pictures of both ships and a map of the Bougainville Strait between Espiritu Santo and Malo, and Malekula second largest island in the New Hebrides (Vanuatu) archipelago. The high value has pictures of Bougainville, ship’s figurehead , and a bougainvillaea.

Development de la Route faite autour du Monde
par les Vaisseaux du Roy la Boudeuse et l' Etoile
, Philippi de Pretot, E.A.