Independence Day of Central African Republic

13 Aug 2019  Tue

The Independence Day of Central African Republic is one of the national festivals of the country which is celebrated on 13th August every year since the year 1960 when the country was granted Independence.

It was in the nineteenth century that the European penetrated in Central Africa. Savorgnan de Brazza, who in order to have a France claim in the territory of Central Africa, had sent his expedition up the Ubangi River. The French, in 1889, got success in establishing the post on Ubangi River.

During the French colonial rule in the first decade, they made the life miserable for the one, who didn’t have the power for putting up a resistance. In the case of the second decade, the colonial state and private companies continued for using harsh methods.

Decade-by-decade changes came and it was on 1 December 1958 that the colony of Ubangi-Shari became a free territory that too within the French Community and got the name the Central African Republic and it was on 13the August 1960 that CAR was granted independence.

The stamps shown above were issued on the first anniversary of the declaration of the Republic. Issued with the denominations of 15 francs and 25 francs, the stamps feature the portrait of President Barthelemy Boganda with the national flag of CAR in the background.

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