First Day Covers from the Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Series, 1977
Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee postage stamps
During the course of the past 450 years. since its discovery by Portuguese sailors, Mauritius has also been called Swan Island and Ile de France. Its name today honors the period of Dutch colonization in the seventeenth century, when it was named for Prince Maurice of Nassau. Situated approximately 550 miles east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, the independent nation of Mauritius thrives almost entirely on the production of sugar. The island, 39 miles long by 29 miles wide, is of volcanic origin. High birth rates and very low death rates have resulted in a burgeoning population. Most families have six offspring. many have ten or more.
First Day Covers commemorating the Queen's Silver Jubilee were postmarked February 7, 1977, in Port Louis, capital and major city of Mauritius.