Canada Post French Settlement Series

Canada Post French Settlement Series

Canada Post French Settlement Series

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To commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the founding of the first French settlement in North America, Canada Post issued a series of stamps to commemorate the event. The first stamp was released in 2004 and was a joint issue between Canada and France. The Series Years (inclusive dates) are: 2004–2008


Pierre Dugua de Mons, 1604

The first stamp in the series commemorates 400th anniversary of the first French settlement in Acadia at St. Croix Island. Located on the border between Canada and the United States in the state of Maine, the former settlement is now an International Historic Site. A joint issue with France, the stamp was designed by Réjean Myette of Montréal-based Fugazi and illustrated by Suzanne Duranceau.

It features a portrait of nobleman Pierre Dugua, Sieur de Mons, who led the expedition of five ships carrying 120 men. His boat, Le Don de Dieu, was the theatre of this incredible adventure. The portrait on the stamp is printed through intaglio, a gravure process. The remainder of the Canada Post-issued stamp is printed in lithography.

Stamps issued by La Poste in France will bear the same design, created through the intaglio and lithography processes. Pierre Dugua's group set sail from Havre-de-Grâce (now Le Havre), France in March 1604, and included...
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