Bird stamps from French India: dates of emission and complete statistics.

French India was a French colony comprising geographically separate enclaves on the Indian subcontinent.

The possessions were originally acquired by the French East India Company beginning in the second half of the 17th century, and were de facto incorporated into the Republic of India in 1950 and 1954.

The French establishments included Pondichéry, Karikal and Yanaon on the Coromandel Coast, Mahé on the Malabar Coast and Chandernagor in Bengal.

French India also included several loges ("lodges", subsidiary trading stations) in other towns, but after 1816, the loges had little commercial importance and the towns to which they were attached came under British administration.

By 1950, the total area measured 510 km2 (200 sq mi), of which 293 km2 (113 sq mi) belonged to the territory of Pondichéry. In 1936, the population of the colony totalled 298,851 inhabitants, of which 63% (187,870) lived in the territory of Pondichéry.

The Independence of India on 15 August 1947 gave impetus to the union of France's Indian possessions with former British India. The lodges in Machilipatnam, Kozhikode and Surat were ceded to India in October 1947.

An agreement between France and India in 1948 agreed to an election in France's remaining Indian possessions to choose their political future. Governance of Chandernagore was ceded to India on 2 May 1950, then it was merged with West Bengal state on 2 October 1954. On 1 November 1954, the four enclaves of Pondichéry, Yanam, Mahe, and Karikal were de facto transferred to the Indian Union and became the Union Territory of Puducherry. The de jure union of French India with India did not take place until 1962 when the French Parliament in Paris ratified the treaty with India.

The short-toed snake eagle (Circaetus gallicus), also known as short-toed eagle, is a medium-sized bird of prey in the family Accipitridae

Face value | Family number | English name | Scientific name
1949.01
  24.01.1949
  Air
Short-toed Snake Eagle Circaetus gallicus
5r
    36
    Short-toed Snake Eagle    Circaetus gallicus
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14 August 2019 at 17:09 ×

Originally, the post office used stamps from France, but these were denominated in francs and cents instead of local piatrists, so as of 1885, some French stamps were overloaded in piasters, at the rate of four piasters to the franc.

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14 August 2019 at 17:11 ×

@Giampaolo Rossi.- As of 1902, stamps of the Blanc, Mouchon and Merson series were issued with the inscription "LEVANT", both as cents / franc, and with higher values ​​overloaded in piastras.As of 1902, stamps of the Blanc, Mouchon and Merson series were issued with the inscription "LEVANT", both as cents / franc, and with higher values ​​overloaded in piastras.

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